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Gunman attacks health clinic, bomb explodes, 5 critically wounded say reports

Police car lights. (Alexandru Cuznetov/Dreamstime/TNS)
February 09, 2021

A man opened fire in a Minnesota health clinic Tuesday, injuring at least five people before a bomb detonated inside the building, according to recent reports.

The attack occurred at the Allina Health Clinic in Buffalo, Minn., and just before 11 a.m. CST, police responded and detained the suspect, The Star Tribune reported.

The suspect was later identified as 67-year-old Greg Ulrich of Buffalo, according to Buffalo Police Chief Pat Budke and Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer, ABC News reported.

Three of the critically wounded individuals were transported by ambulance to North Memorial Health Hospital, and the two remaining victims were taken to a hospital in Buffalo, according to emergency medical personnel.

Around 30 minutes after the shooting, a bomb exploded inside the medical center, prompting medical workers to leave the building’s parking lot and reestablish at a safer distance, the outlet reported.

Aerial video of the scene showed multiple shattered windows on the front of the building, according to CNN.

WCCO reported that a representative for the health center confirmed an active shooter was inside the building around 11:30 a.m. Central Standard Time.

Molly Robinson, a news producer at Fox9, shared an image of the scene on Twitter.

“Multiple victims reported in incident at the Allina Health clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota. Reports of an active shooter. One witness tells me she also heart multiple bombs go off. Local parents say nearby schools are on lockdown,” Robinson tweeted.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of St. Paul, Minnesota, also tweeted confirmation of the active shooter.

“[ATF St. Paul] is in route to a healthcare facility in Buffalo, Minnesota, after reports of an active shooter situation,” the agency tweeted. “No further details are available at this time.”

The Minnesota State Patrol tweeted, “State Patrol pilots are flying six boxes of blood from the Red Cross to Buffalo Hospital so it is ready for victims of the shooting incident at the Allina Health Clinic.”

During a news conference following the shooting, Gov. Tim Walz said “some improvised explosive devices” were used in the attack.

“At this time it appears it was a single individual,” Walz said. “Again, (it’s) too early to tell motives or reasons why.”