BUFFALO, Minn. (FOX 9) – Four people were injured and another died after a man later arrested opened fire on Tuesday at the Allina Medical Clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota. Improvised explosives were also found at the scene and in other parts of the city.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office announced shortly before 11 a.m. that the dispatcher had called the shots at Buffalo Crossroads Clinic, Buffalo Hospital campus, 755 Crossroads Campus Drive. Buffalo is about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis.
Law enforcement officers responded to the scene and evacuated the clinic, detaining several victims as well as the suspect. Five victims were transported to nearby hospitals – four to the Northern Memorial and one to Hennepin Healthcare. Three of the victims are in critical but stable condition.
Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer said law enforcement also found a suspicious package in the corner of the lobby. The Minneapolis Police Department bomber was called to the scene. The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Discipline are also investigating.
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The suspect was known to law enforcement
The suspect was identified as Gregory Paul Ulrich, 67, of Buffalo. Authorities believe Ulrich acted alone and is not looking for further suspects.
Officials say Ulrich lived in the community for a long time and the local police were already known from previous 2003 calls.
“At this point, there is no information to suggest that there is any kind of domestic terrorism,” said Pat Budke, the buffalo police chief. – We know the suspect very well.
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Because of Ulrich’s past and “history of conflict,” Budke said authorities believe Tuesday’s attack was aimed at the clinic or a person within the clinic.
Suspicious assets were found in the Super 8 motel
Sheriff Deringer said additional suspicious devices were also found at the Super 8 motel in Buffalo, where Ulrich is thought to have been staying last time.
The motel has been evacuated. The MPD bombing system and federal investigators also responded to this scene.
Nearby schools are closed, after-school activities will be canceled
As a precautionary measure, schools in the area were temporarily closed following the incident.
Students from the two schools closest to the clinic, Tatanka Elementary STEM School and PRIDE Transitions, were evacuated to Buffalo High School according to the Buffalo-Hannover-Montrose school district.
Due to the situation, the district canceled after-school and evening activities on Tuesday, including community education classes and programs. The post-school childcare program, KidKare, is open until 6:30 p.m.
The Buffalo-Hannover-Montrose school district said its schools would be open on Wednesday’s schedule and staff would work with students who needed help handling Tuesday’s event.
The district also provided resources for families on how to talk to children about traumatic situations. You can find them here and there.
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