On Tuesday, a 67-year-old man who was seemingly unhappy with the services offered at the Allina clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota, shot 5 people at the facility, out of which 3 were in critical condition and one was discharged as of Tuesday night. Later in the day, bomb technicians found a suspicious device at a motel where the man was staying.
Gregory Paul Ulrich of Buffalo opened fire at the Allina Clinic on Tuesday morning and was arrested before noon. Shooting five people in the incident, authorities were unclear whether the man wanted to shoot a specific doctor and as officials searched the clinic for more victims, they found the suspicious device and evacuated the building.
It was not immediately clear whether that device exploded, but TV footage showed several shattered plate-glass windows at the clinic. Suspicious devices were also found at a local Super 8 motel where Ulrich had been staying, and there were at least two shattered windows there as well.
Speaking about the incident, Police Chief Pat Budke told reporters at a news conference, “our heart breaks as a community.” While an exact motive wasn’t immediately known, Budke said Ulrich has had a long history of conflict with health care clinics in the area. “All I can say is, it’s a history that spans several years and there’s certainly a history of him being unhappy with health care … with the health care that he’d received,” Budke said.
Budke said Ulrich’s history led investigators to believe he was targeting the clinic or someone inside but that it was too early in the investigation to know if it was a specific doctor. He said the shooting did not appear to be a case of domestic terrorism. “None of the information that we have from our past contact with him would indicate that he was unhappy with, or would direct his anger at, anyone other than people within the facilities where he had been treated or where they had attempted to give treatment,” Budke said.
Court records for Ulrich list a handful of arrests and convictions for drunken driving and possession of small amounts of marijuana from 2004 through 2015, mostly in Wright County, including two convictions for gross misdemeanor drunken driving that resulted in short jail sentences. A 2018 charge of violating a harassment restraining order was dismissed last April when the prosecutor said Ulrich was “found mentally incompetent to proceed.”