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Minnesota clinic shooting: 5 injured, suspect in custody and ID’d, ‘suspicious package’ found, says law enforcement

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A Tuesday shooting at a Buffalo, Minnesota medical clinic resulted in five people injured and the shooter in custody, along with a bomb squad at the scene looking at a “suspicious package.”

Buffalo Police, Wright County sheriff’s deputies and area SWAT teams were dispatched to the Allina Health Care Clinic at 755 Crossroads Campus Drive around 11 a.m. on reports of a shooting, according to KARE 11. The city is located about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

At a 3 p.m. news conference, Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer confirmed that the person in custody is a 67-year-old man named Gregory Paul Ulrich from Buffalo, noting that Ulrich was “no stranger to law enforcement.”

“We have had several calls for service regarding Mr. Ulrich dating back to 2003,” Deringer said to reporters. “Both the Buffalo Police Department and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.”

Watch KARE 11’s full livestream of the conference here.

Ulrich was arrested at the clinic, according to Buffalo Police Department (BPD) Chief Pat Budke, who was fighting back tears during the conference.

“There is no information at this time that leads us to believe that there is any nexus with domestic terrorism,” Budke also said. “We are very familiar with the suspect.”

Deringer went on to say that a “suspicious package” was found in the corner of the clinic lobby and that the Minneapolis bomb squad was on the scene.

At the same time, the sheriff said that “early in our investigation” they received information that Ulrich was staying most recently at the Super 8 motel in Buffalo and subsquently evacuated and cleared the area, discovering “additional suspicious devices” on the motel premises.

Deringer also noted that they now have search warrants “in hand” and said that his office would cooperate with state and federal authorities in investigating the shooting. Deringer said he believes that Ulrich acted alone.

Budke, while not being able to provide a definitive answer at the conference for the shooter’s motivation, noting that the investigation is still in its early stages, the chief said that most likely the shooting was “targeted at that facility or someone within that facility” given the suspect’s history of conflict.

“There is a history of him being unhappy with health care—with the health care he received,” Budke added.

Regarding those injured in the shooting, Buffalo Hospital president Kelly Spratt confirmed at the conference that five people were hospitalized. Four were sent to North Memorial, and another to HCMC. Spratt said two individuals were first transported to Buffalo Hospital, but the remaining three headed for metropolitan hospitals directly from the scene because of the level of injury.

Spratt had no additional information regarding the condition of any of the victims.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (DFL) had said at an earlier conference that there was an “active shooter situation and some improvised explosive devices.” The FBI and ATF are involved in the investigation because of the explosive devices, he also said at the time.

Prior to the press conference, the FBI’s Minneapolis field office and the bureau’s national headquarters couldn’t be reached for comment.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Cuomo says he’ll ‘fully cooperate’ with NY AG’s review of sexual harassment claims

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday that he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s independent review into sexual harassment allegations made against the currently scandal-ridden governor, saying, “I fully support a woman’s right to come forward.”

Last Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, who served in his administration for over three years, accused Cuomo of suggesting to her on a 2017 flight that they play strip poker, inappropriate touching, and kissing her on the lips without her consent.

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Following Boylan’s accusations, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett alleged the governor indicated interest in having an affair with her while she was serving in his administration as a health policy adviser. In a Saturday New York Times report, Bennett told the newspaper that Cuomo asked her if she had “ever been with an older man,” adding that “age doesn’t matter” in relationships.

At Wednesday’s press briefing, the Empire State governor addressed the accusations leveled against him over the past seven days by three women and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) independent review into those claims, which she announced on Monday was formally proceeding.

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“As you probably know, the attorney general is doing an independent review, and I will fully cooperate with that review,” Cuomo said at the beginning of his statement. “Now, the lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review until that review is over. I understand that, I’m a lawyer, too. But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this.”

“First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” the governor began. “And I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth.”

This echoes what Cuomo said in a Sunday statement about the allegations, in which he stated he “may have been insensitive” during his tenure but charged his accusers of misinterpreting his actions, saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation… I am truly sorry about that.”

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During his Wednesday remarks, Cuomo iterated “I never touched anyone inappropriately,” repeated that sentence, then said “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable” and repeated that one too.

“And I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do,” he continued. “I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion. Get the facts, please, before forming an opinion.”

“I also want you to know that I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson,” the governor said at the end of his statement. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone, I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience.”

Amid Boylan and Bennett’s allegations, another report of Cuomo sexually harassing a woman has cropped up. On Monday, a woman named Anna Ruch accused the governor of placing his hands on her cheeks—without her consent—at a 2019 wedding reception and asking if he could kiss her. A photograph of the two together at the event has also been circulating on social media.

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Asked at Wednesday’s briefing about the pictures that have resurfaced of him being touchy with people, particularly that of him and Ruch, the governor claimed that it is his way of greeting people.

“I understand the opinion of—and feelings of—Ms. Ruch,” Cuomo said. “You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people—women, children, men, etc. You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. […] It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”

Moreover, the governor said that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would do the same thing.

“By the way, it was my father’s way of greeting people,” Cuomo said, explaining, “You’re the governor of the state, you want people to feel comfortable, you want to reach out to them.”

He also mentioned that he kisses and hugs legislators and noted that at an event in Queens the other day he hugged pastors and state assembly members.

Furthermore, the governor said that his intent “doesn’t matter,” saying, “What it matters is if anybody was offended by it.”

“But if they were offended by it, then it was wrong,” he added, going on to say that if they were offended or hurt by it, he apologizes.

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