Several were shot at the Minnesota clinic; 1 was detained


BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) “Several people were shot at a health clinic in Minnesota on Tuesday and someone was arrested afterwards,” police said.

The shooting took place at an Allina clinic in Buffalo, a town about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis, Kelly Prestidge, head of the Buffalo Police Department office, told the Associated Press.

Prestidge said a man was taken into custody, but he didn’t know if the shooter was. He also said he had no further information about the attack, including how many people were shot or if someone killed him.

Police Chief Pat Budke told KSTP TV station that the shooting took place inside the Allina Clinic Crossroads campus. He said the situation had been brought under control shortly before noon and that the safety of the population was not in further danger.

North Memorial Health spokesman Abigail Greenheck said several victims had been brought to her hospital in Robbinsdale. He did not state how many or what condition they are in. Allina Health spokesman Timothy Burke declined to say whether victims would be brought to the Buffalo hospital.

FBI spokesman Kevin Smith said the agency’s bomb technicians were on the scene but could not confirm press reports of a possible bomb or explosion at the clinic.

Members of the executive team of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and special agents of the State Bureau of Criminal Detention were also on the scene, agency spokesmen said.

Nearly two hours after the attack, TV helicopter news showed no activity at the clinic, but at least three broken glass panes were visible on the outside of the clinic.

The Midwest Medical Examiners Office, which handles Wright County affairs, did not comment on whether he had sent anyone to the scene.

A spokesman for the State Department of Public Health said he did not immediately know if the clinic had administered the COVID-19 vaccines. An Allina spokesman forwarded all questions to Buffalo Police and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

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Ehlke reported from Milwaukee. Associated Press writers Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski in Minneapolis contributed to the report.

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Mohamed Ibrahim is a member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report to America a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newspapers to report on covered issues.