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.
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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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