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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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.
Key findings of the report are below.
“Persuaded to return”
According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.
Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.
The Nine Forbidden Countries
China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.
According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.
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