Ulrich had called his former doctor “three times a day, threatening mass shooting, blowing things up and other vengeance scenarios,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, in 2018, believing that doctors had tortured him. A police report published by the newspaper includes those claims.
Ulrich was taken for an investigation; the newspaper said he had health problems related to back operations.
The report states that he is accused of saying that he wanted to make a mass shooting “big and sensational in order to make an impact.”
#BREAKING Authorities identify Buffalo shooting suspect as Gregory Ulrich. 67yo. Reportedly acted alone today. Described by law enforcement as “disturbed with anti-government sentiments.” He is in custody and known to local police from prior calls. @FOX9pic.twitter.com/A1bTSIbaLn
The workers at Allina had attempted to remove him from the campus and, according to the Star Tribune, he was convicted of violating a restraining order, but the case was thrown out when he was found mentally incompetent.
New booking photo from Wright Co. Gregory Ulrich. Authorities say this attack on the Allina Health Clinic may have been targeted at someone at the facility. Though investigators wouldn’t elaborate further. @FOX9pic.twitter.com/GZ0pIbbsry
The sheriff’s office reports that at 10:54 a.m. they first received a call of shots fired. Campus Drive at 755Crossroads. In an emotional press conference on Tuesday afternoon, officials from Wright County said they were familiar with Ulrich.
It’s still a very active scene here at Allina Health Clinic in Buffalo, Minn.
Here’s what we know:
– 5 people injured in shooting
– 3 shooting victims in critical but stable condition.
– Suspect in custody, ID’d as 67-year-old Gregory Ulrich
Officials are of the view that he acted alone, and they are not searching for extra suspects. They do not think that it is connected to domestic terrorism. CBS News reports that Ulrich is scheduled to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
67-year-old Gregory Paul Ulrich is the suspected gunman in the Buffalo, MN, clinic shooting.
Five people were shot and wounded today. At this time, conditions are unknown. The governor says at this time it seems the shooter acted alone and motive is unclear. pic.twitter.com/3YcBgX018n
Budke said, “The history that we have as a department with this individual makes it most likely that this incident was targeted at this facility or someone within that facility,”
“He has lived in this community for quite a long time and has had contact with health care within the community during that time.”
John Holler with Wright County said that there were no bombs or explosives detonated, despite several rumors early on of explosive devices found in or around the clinic. After suspicious packages were found there, a Super 8 motel nearby was also evacuated.
He was previously arrested for drink driving, possession of marijuana and has two arrests that resulted in prison time for gross misdemeanor drunken driving.
Zastra said that when he lived with Ulrich, the police reacted more than a dozen times to their home and he was “nothing but trouble.”