Male supect, 67, is accused of shooting that left 5 people injured at a Minnesota health clinic’
Th gunman opened fire at the Allina Health Clinic on Crossroads around 10.30 am on Tuesday
Police reveal they found suspicious devices at the medical center and a Super 8 motel and have been ‘familiar with gunman since 2003’
Campus Drive in Wright County late Tuesday morning Just 30 minutes after the shooting, four homemade bombs then reportedly detonated in the family medicine and urgent care clinic at the facility
At least five people were injured and were said to be in a critical condition
An officer said that at least three of the victims were women, with one shot in the abdomen and another in the spinal cord, according to the audio
There was also said to be a ‘high suspicion’ of a bomb threat at the nearby Super 8 hotel
Police refuted the bomb reports at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon
Police dispatch audio recorded that the man said he had four homemade explosives that had all detonated
A flight ban was issued over the area and local schools went into lockdown while an investigation continues
The gunman who allegedly shot five people at a Minnesota health clinic has now been identified, as the police revealed they found suspicious devices at both the medical center and at a nearby Super 8 motel and have been ‘familiar’ with the suspect since 2003.
Gregory Paul Ulrich, 67, from Buffalo, was arrested and is currently being held in the Wright County Jail over the mass shooting that took took place at the Allina Health Clinic on Crossroads Campus Drive in Wright County, Buffalo, late Tuesday morning.
At least five people were wounded after the gunman entered the facility not long before 11.00 am and opened fire.
The conditions of the victims is still not known and authorities have not confirmed if they are staff or patients at the facility.
Buffalo Police Chief Pat Budke confirmed the suspect’s identity at a press conference Tuesday afternoon where said earlier reports that four homemade bombs had been detonated at the center are now known to be incorrect.
He said that suspicious packages had been located at both the clinic and the nearby Super 9 motel, where Ulrich was known to have been staying.
Both sites were evacuated and bomb squads remain on the scene.
Police said Ulrich had been known to law enforcement for some time. Ulrich’s history with law enforcement dates to 2003. His gripe apparently, is a reult of medical attention he had receive innthe past. Authorities however, do not believe he had a specific vendetta against the Allina clinic and its staff.
Buffalo Police Chief Pat Budke confirmed the suspect’s identity at a press conference Tuesday afternoon where he debunked earlier reports that four homemade bombs had been detonated at the center as incorrect.
The shooter opened fire at the Allina Health Clinic on Crossroads Campus Drive in Wright County late Tuesday morning.
Withint 30 minutes after the shooting reports emerged that four homemade bombs detonated inside the family medicine and urgent care clinic at the facility.
The the Star Tribune also reported that there was a ‘high suspicion’ of a bomb threat at the nearby Super 8 hotel.
However, no further details have been given about this threat and it was not clear if and what connections existed between the two reports.
Buffalo Police, Wright County sheriff’s deputies and SWAT teams responded to the scene about 10:55 a.m. Tuesday to reports of an active shooter at the health center, according to police dispatch audio.
While the shooting was being investigated, four improvised explosive devices reportedly detonated at the clinic.
‘Fifteen shots were fired. No further information at the moment. Just that somebody came in and started shooting,’ a voice over the police dispatch audio is heard saying.
Reports said five people suatained gunshot injuries. An officer said that at least three of the victims were women, with one shot in the abdomen and another in the spinal cord, according to the audio.
The audio initially reported at least five were critically injured with voices later saying there was ‘one down’ and that there were ‘several victims with one [victim’s condition being] critical if not fatal.’
The male suspect reportedly admitted to having four bombs that had all detonated and authorities were investigating if there was another device in the man’s briefcase.
‘The male is saying that he had four homemade explosive devices. They all went off,’ a voice says over the audio, adding that there could be another device inside the suspect’s briefcase that had not gone off yet.
The man was ‘sprawled out on his stomach’ and had said the gun and his briefcase was by the front desk of the clinic, the audio reported.
Three female victims were said to be by the front entrance with gunshot wounds – with at least one critical and one shot in the abdomen.
At least three people were airlifted to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale and another two to the Allina-operated Buffalo Hospital.
The North Memorial hospital is known for dealing with critical incident injuries.
It is not clear if the victims all suffered gunshot wounds or if some were injured in the blast but emergency dispatch audio revealed an explosion had forced emergency responders to retreat further from the parking lot.
There was conflicting reports later about whether any devices detonated.
Wright County spokesman John Holler told CNN no bombs were found on the scene but Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said at a press conference the incident involved some IEDs.
Buffalo Police, Wright County sheriff’s deputies and SWAT teams responded to the scene about 10:55 a.m. ‘At the time what we know is there was an active shooter situation and some improvised explosive devices,’ Walz said.
‘It’s not confirmed yet the causalities or those injured in this.’
Walz confirmed the suspect was in custody and that the incident appeared to be the work of a single individual.
He added that it was too early to determine the motive for the attack.
Kelly Prestidge, an office manager for the Buffalo Police Department, told The Associated Press there were multiple victims but did not say how many were shot or if anyone was killed.
Police Chief Pat Budke said the shooting happened inside the health center, but the situation was contained shortly before noon and there was no further threat to the public’s safety.
Aerial footage from the scene taken by Fox9 shows at least two windows in the facility blown out by the blast while an abandoned wheelchair is seen outside the front entrance.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz at a press conference said the suspect was in custody and that the incident appeared to be the work of a single individual.
The State Patrol reported that it was flying six boxes of blood from the Red Cross to Buffalo Hospital for the victims.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called the situation an ‘unspeakable depravity’ and said the city was also sending in emergency responders to assist Buffalo.
‘There is an unspeakable depravity in doing harm to those who work to heal us. Those who have stepped up and risked their own health for ours,’ he tweeted.
Allina Health owns or operates 12 hospitals and more than 90 clinics across Minnesota. Buffalo is a city of about 15,000 people based around 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis and the Allina Health Clinic in Buffalo, 11 practitioners are listed on the website.