One person was killed and several others were wounded in a shooting this week in Minnesota, according to recent reports. At least five individuals were hospitalized as of the most recent updates available.
The incident occurred on Tuesday at a healthcare facility in Buffalo and a 67-year-old suspect is now in custody, authorities say.
“A history that spans several years”
KARE reported that the suspect, identified as Gregory Paul Ulrich, arrived at the Allina Health Clinic armed with a handgun and multiple explosives. According to Buffalo Police Chief Pat Budke, Ulrich was apprehended and arrested a short time after officers arrived on the scene.
Explosives reportedly found at the hotel where Ulrich was believed to have been staying, but no one was injured at that location.
As of the latest reports, police believe he acted alone and appeared to have been motivated by feelings of personal animus toward the clinic itself rather than by any particular political agenda.
“It’s a history that spans several years and there certainly is a history of him being happy with the health care that he received,” Budke explained, going on to describe the suspect as “no stranger to law enforcement.”
The police chief noted that there “is no information at this time that leads us to believe that there is any nexus with domestic terrorism,” reiterating that he is “very familiar” with Ulrich.
“You better send lots of ambulances”
“Our heart breaks as a community,” Budke added. “This is a day that no community would want to go through. Especially those staff that were there and of course those that were injured, the families of those that were injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
One witness, identified only as Kathy, spoke to KRWC about the experience.
“I didn’t know what to do,” she said through tears, recalling the moment she heard a man yell “get on the ground” before shots were fired and those around her began screaming.
“I heard him say, ‘I’m going to call 911,'” Kathy added. “And then he himself called 911. He said, ‘There was a shooting, you better send lots of ambulances.”
Weighing in on the “tragic situation,” Democratic Gov. Tim Walz thanked the Buffalo Police Department and Wright County Sheriff’s Office during an unrelated press conference, confirming that agents with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were aiding in the investigation.