Lindsay Overbay, 37, died Tuesday following the mass shooting at the Allina Health Clinic in Buffalo, MN
The medical assistant, was shot dead by a drug-addicted former patient in vendetta against clinic after it stopped his opioid prescription
Loved ones identified Overbay on a GoFundMe page set up to help her family including her two young children
Suspected gunman Gregory Ulrich, 67, held a grudge against the clinic and harrased its staff that they were forced to take out a restraing order against him two years ago
He faces charges including one count of second-degree murder, four counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of possession of explosive or incendiary devices
His vendetta is said to have stemmed from doctors’ refusal to give him opioids for a back injury from several years back
Ulrich who vowed to do something ‘big and sensational so that it makes an impact’, made threats against four Allina clinics, including threats of a mass shooting
Court records show a restraining order was taken out against him in 2018 to stay away from Dr. Andrew Burgdorf, the Allina Clinic and Buffalo Hospital
He violated the order but the case was dropped due to ‘mental incompetence’,’ still Ulrich was granted a firearms permit last year, a former roommate revealed
Three other victims remain hospitalized, one in a stable but critical condition, while a fifth victim was discharged Tuesday
The nurse killed by suspected Minnesota gunman Gregory Paul Ulrich, 67, at a health clinic in Buffalo Tuesday has now been identified as nurse Lindsay Overbay.
The 37-year-old mother-of-two died Tuesday after being rushed to hospital following the mass shooting at the Allina Health Clinic on Crossroads Campus Drive in Wright County, Buffalo, that morning which left five people injured.
Hennepin County Medical Center spokeswoman Christine Hill said Tuesday night that one person brought to the hospital after being shot had died.
Overbay’s loved ones identified her Wednesday on a GoFundMe page set up to help her family including her two young children, while three other victims remain in hospital.
One victim is in a stable but critical condition while the other two has been upgraded to fair. A fifth victim was discharged Tuesday.
The identities of the surviving victims is not known.
While the small community of 15,000 reels from the tragedy, new details have emerged about Ulrich’s possible motive for the attack as official records reveal he threatened to carry out a mass shooting at the clinic two years earlier and had a restraining order taken out against him by one of the facility’s doctors. However, it is not clear if Overbay had any interactions with her suspected killer prior to Tuesday’s deadly attack.
Overbay was described as a ‘beautiful mother, daughter and friend’ and ‘the bright light in so many peoples lives’ who ‘could light up a room with her contagious laugh and “I don’t give a s**t” attitude’ in the GoFundMe page.
She was reportedly attending college classes to further her career because she wanted to provide a better life for her two young children.
The GoFundMe had reached more than $213,095 raised of $250,000 goal in donations as of Thursday.
The alleged shooter Gregory Paul Ulrich, from Buffalo, reportedly had a vendetta against the Allina clinic and its staff because they refused to give him more opioids for a back injury.
Ulrich, 67, was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly shot several people, injuring four and killing another, at the Allina Health Clinic. He is also suspected of placing explosive devices throughout the city.
Court records say Ulrich made threats against four Allina health clinics in total and was served a restraining order back in 2018 against Andrew J Burgdorf MD, a practitioner at the facility where he launched yesterday’s attack, after making threats and harassing him with phone calls.
Ulrich had also been issued a no trespassing order for a local church after sending a ‘disturbing letter’ to the pastor.
Ulrich was reportedly still granted a firearms permit and obtained a handgun just months before carrying out Tuesday’s deadly attack.
Ulrich, from Buffalo, had a vendetta against the Allina Health Clinic (above) on Crossroads Campus Drive in Wright County, Buffalo, and its staff because they refused to give him opioids for a back injury, court records show.
He dreamed of getting revenge on the doctors and medical staff who had “tortured” him, records show. In October 2018, Ulrich was calling his former doctor three times a day, threatening a mass shooting, to blow things up and other revenge scenarios, according to a police report.
“I believe Mr. Ulrich is a high threat to society and himself,” the doctor told police at the time.
More than two years later Ulrich was arrested for Tuesday’s shooting at the clinic.He is currently being held in the Wright County Jail. Five people were wounded after he entered the facility not long before 11am and opened fire.
One of the five injured people died. Three other victims remain in a hospital and a fourth has been discharged.
At a news conference Tuesday, Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer said Ulrich was “no stranger” to law.
After the 2018 threats, Ulrich was taken to an emergency room for a mental health evaluation. His complaints appeared to stem from a series of back surgeries and medications he took afterward, police said.
According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Ulrich wanted to seek revenge on Burgdorf and the medical staff who he felt had ‘tortured’ him by refusing to give him drugs for his back injury.
He threatened four Allina facilities, with Buffalo first on the list, and said he wanted to do something “big and sensational so that it makes an impact,” the report said.
Allina medical staff believed Ulrich could act on the threats and filed paperwork barring him from the property, which police delivered to his home.
Ulrich was charged with violating the restraining order at the Buffalo clinic in November 2018. That case was dismissed last year after he was found mentally incompetent, records show.
Neighbor Bob Taylor described Ulrich as a heavy drinker and marijuana smoker who spent most of his time fishing at a nearby lake, and perturbed his neighbors by throwing fish innards in the water after he cleaned his catch.
Taylor said he’d lived at the Pulaski Mobile Home Park for about eight years, and Ulrich had been there before him. The park was like a family, he said, “and he didn’t fit in,” Taylor said.
‘Suspicious packages’ reportedly, were also located at the clinic and the nearby Super 8 motel – roughly one mile from the center – where Ulrich was known to have been staying prior to to the attack.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office said the criminal complaint against Ulrich will be completed by the attorney’s office Thursday.
Ulrich had a restraining order taken out against him by one of the facility’s doctors in 2018, it has been revealed.
He faces charges including one count of second-degree murder, four counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of possession of explosive or incendiary devices.
Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes said in a statement Wednesday that he will ‘aggressively prosecute Ulrich for this horrible crime and the pain he caused to the victims, their families and the entire community.’
New details have now emerged about Ulrich’s apparent motive for the deadly attack after authorities said Tuesday he had been known to law enforcement since at least 2003.
Court records show a petition for a restraining order was filed against Ulrich in fall 2018 by a man named Andrew John Burgdorf – one of the 11 practitioners listed on the Allina Clinic website.
Ulrich made harassing phone calls to Burgdorf and threatened him, the court documents show. According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Ulrich wanted to seek revenge on Burgdorf and the medical staff who he felt had ‘tortured’ him by refusing to give him drugs for his back injury.
Allina medical staff told police at the time they believed Ulrich was likely to carry out his threats.
‘I believe Mr. Ulrich is a high threat to society and himself,’ Burgdorf said, according to the police report.
It is not yet known if Burgdorf is among Ulrich’s five victims or if he was in the center at the time of the attack.
The 2018 police report said Ulrich had threatened to carry out a mass shooting, to do something ‘big and sensational so that it makes an impact’ and made various threats against a total of four Allina facilities with the Buffalo site being his main target.
It is not clear if Ulrich planned to carry out additional attacks at other locations after first targeting the Buffalo clinic but authorities confirmed other ‘suspicious devices’ were found at the Super 8 hotel where Ulrich was staying.
Testimony filed by a nurse as part of Burgdorf’s motion for a temporary protection order against Ulrich cited an incident on October 29 2018 where medics pressed the panic alarm at Buffalo Hospital when the suspect entered and started yelling at staff.
Ulrich had approached the nurse ‘unfocused and disoriented’ asking for his medical records and telling the medic about his medical history, the document states.
‘[Ulrich] expressed that Buffalo Hospital had previously sent him to Abbott Northwestern Hospital because he had overdosed on narcotic pain medication,’ it read.
‘He wanted me to agree with him that Buffalo Hospital should not have transferred him to Abbott Northwestern Hospital.’
Ulrich’s ‘behavior escalated’ and he started yelling, with the nurse reporting that she was fearful for the safety of herself and others at the hospital.
Another staff member pushed the panic alarm and Ulrich left before a security guard arrived, the document states.
Ulrich was served with a temporary restraining order on November 9 of that year ordering him to stay away from Burgdorf, Burgdorf’s home, the Allina Clinic and the Buffalo Hospital. Following a December hearing, Ulrich was given a harassment restraining order up until December 13 2020.
A court filing from the hearing says Ulrich called Burgdorf three times in an hour, becoming increasingly threatening each time.
He threatened the doctor saying that ‘killing one individual wouldn’t be enough’ and spoke of ‘mass violence at a medical clinic and hospitals’, the documents state.
‘His intent was to create enough of a sensation to get public recognition that would warrant at least 30 years in jail [and] possibly a straight jacket,’ it reads.
‘[Ulrich] stated he had practiced different scenarios [and] he was testing how to get through security with a length of steel since he knew he had only seconds after getting past security to achieve his goal.’
The Tribune reported that the same month the order was granted, Ulrich was charged with violating it.
Ulrich pleaded guilty but the case was later dismissed in April 2020 after he underwent a mental health evaluation and was deemed ‘mentally incompetent’.
Ulrich pled guilty but the case was later dismissed in April 2020 after he underwent a mental health evaluation and was deemed ‘mentally incompetent’.
During court proceedings in June 2019, a court official said Ulrich had previously applied for and been denied a gun permit.
‘It is highly recommended that the defendant not be allowed to have use or possession of any dangerous weapons,’ they wrote.
Five months later in November 2019, Ulrich was then ordered to hand over any weapons or permits for weapons.
However despite the recommendations of the court, Ulrich’s threats and his ‘mental incompetence’, his former roommate claims, he was in fact granted a firearms permit and had showed off to him a gun he bought just months before Tuesday’s mass shooting.
Raymond Zandstra, who lived with Ulrich in his mobile home for two years until last July, told Fox 9 he had seen a copy of a permit allowing the 67-year-old to carry a firearm in his home last year.
Zandstra said Ulrich then showed off his new Smith & Wesson handgun last summer: ‘He showed me a new handgun he got, I said, “What? You shouldn’t have a gun,”‘ he told the outlet.
Zandstra also said Ulrich had a particular vendetta against one doctor and even erected a sign in front of his own home slamming the medic as a ‘quack.’
The former roommate, who moved out when Ulrich took out a restraining order against him, described the suspected killer as ‘nothing but trouble’ and said the police would often pay him a visit.
He said Ulrich was often drunk or high on a mix of painkillers, glue and marijuana.
Richard Ulrich, the suspect’s younger brother, also said he believed his opioid addiction was behind the mass shooting. He said Ulrich worked in construction for some years and had possibly injured his back on the job.
He had back surgery about two years ago and became dependent on opioids he had been prescribed, Richard said.
He said his brother was angry when doctors refused to prescribe more of them to him.