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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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EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump appointee explains an ‘America First Strategy’ in the ME

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The author interviewed Ellie Cohanim, one of the authors of the new book: “An America First Approach to US National Security.” Ellie is the former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism under the Trump administration. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum focusing on Iran, Israel, and global antisemitism, and is a national security contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 2021, Ellie launched and hosted for Jewish News Syndicate 30 plus episodes of the show “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim.” Ellie spent 15 years in media and NGO management before serving in the public sector. How would you define an “America First” strategy in the Middle East?

Cohanim: An America First strategy in the Middle East would seek to advance American national security interests in that region, while maintaining our status as THE global superpower. To do that, the US would ensure that our principal allies in the region, countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, are economically and militarily strong, and that our adversaries in the region are deterred.

Postal: How has the United States’ standing in the Middle East differed between the Trump and Biden administrations?

Cohanim: Under President Trump, for four years we had peace, stability and prosperity in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Under President Biden, in just three tumultuous years there has been war in the region, which holds the potential for becoming a regional conflict and even a nuclear confrontation. Meanwhile, the US’ status in the region and the world has diminished due to Biden’s disastrous mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, his emboldening of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his weak response to Iranian attacks on our personnel and assets in the region. 

 

Postal: Do you think the United States and Israel are/were in a stronger position to deter Iran’s nuclear and territorial ambitions in Biden or Trump’s administration?

Cohanim: America’s position of strength has not changed under either administration vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. What has changed is our Iran policy. Under President Trump’s administration, the US contained and constrained Tehran. Trump applied a “Maximum Pressure” sanctions campaign which left the Iranian Regime with only $4 billion in accessible foreign currency reserves by the end of his term, giving the Iranians less cash and less ability to fund their terror proxies and their nuclear program, and Trump eliminated Qassem Soleimani. While all President Biden needed to do was to continue implementing such successful policies, his administration instead did the exact opposite.  Under the Biden administration, Israel, our leading ally in the region, was attacked for the first time directly from Iranian soil. This was an unprecedented escalatory attack by the Iranian regime, and could only happen under the Biden administration.

Postal: In your chapter of the book, you discuss the weakening of US relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration. How has the Biden administration affected the likelihood of future normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and deals between Israel and other Muslim countries (i.e., new Abraham Accords)?

Cohanim: The good news is that the Abraham Accords have withstood the test of multiple Hamas provocations against Israel, and now the current war. Despite numerous claims from the Biden administration regarding “successful” efforts to normalize ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, I do not think that the Biden administration will be able to clinch such a deal. In the Middle East, people have a long memory. Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has not forgotten President Biden’s snub when he first came into office, and Biden’s incredibly poorly advised behavior towards the Crown Prince when he made his first visit to the Kingdom as president. The last thing the Crown Prince wants is to hand Biden his first foreign policy success with a Rose Garden peace deal ceremony. So, I do not believe President Biden can broker Saudi/Israeli normalization.

However, I am also convinced that it is a matter of “when” and not “if” such a peace deal will happen between those two countries, as it serves both of their interests to make such a deal. The Saudis understand better than anyone that it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that threatens the Kingdom’s security and stability, not Israel.

Postal: What do you think of the Biden administration’s latest statements withholding arms to Israel?

Cohanim: President Biden will go down in history for his abject moral failure in not standing by Israel while she fights a five-front war. Biden has shown his despicable personality for trying to keep his anti-Israel arms embargo concealed until he could first deliver a speech on the Holocaust. Biden’s behavior is despicable on so many levels.

Ultimately, Biden is betraying the American people. He came into office presenting himself as a “centrist Democrat,” but has proven repeatedly to be beholden to the radical, extremist, pro-Hamas wing of his party.

Postal: How does the Biden administration’s support of a Palestinian state differ from the Trump administration’s support of a Palestinian state under its Peace to Prosperity framework?

Cohanim: The Biden administration stated that they will “unilaterally recognize” a Palestinian state. What the borders of that state are and who would lead it, nobody knows. 

The Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” was a detailed plan that was premised on the realities on the ground in Israel. The plan required that the Palestinians reach benchmarks proving a real desire to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. It included over $50 billion in investment in the region, which would have been a road to prosperity for all. Perhaps most significantly, the Palestinian state envisioned under the Trump plan would have been demilitarized, the wisdom of which could not be more clear following the October 7 massacre and attack.

The author would like to thank Ellie Cohanim for participating in this interview.

 

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