On Minor and other charges, an employee was suspected of shooting at a Minnesota health clinic on Thursday, while one worker was killed and four others were injured.
Gregory Paul Ulrich, 67, was charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder in four counts of first-degree murder, possession of an explosive device and carrying an unlicensed firearm at the Alina Health Clinic in Buffalo on Tuesday. Wright County Attorney’s Office said.
During Ulrich’s first court appearance Thursday, Judge Michelle Davis pleaded for unconditional bail of $ 10 million and lower bail of $ 5 million, with conditions. Under the terms of the bail, Ulrich cannot leave the state of Minnesota, engage in assault or disorderly contact, use a firearms or contact any Alina Health medical facility.
Ulrich’s attorney, Greg Davis, did not object to the requirements and called for a March 22 hearing.
Ulrich was taken into custody after the shooting, which occurred about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis on Tuesday morning. Buffalo Police Chief Pat Budke told reporters on Tuesday that there was no reason to believe Ulrich had any connection with domestic terrorism and the shooting was an isolated incident. He believes that he acted alone.
Five people were taken to hospitals, said Kelly Spratt, president of Buffalo Hospital Alina Health. Four were transported to North Memorial Health, where three were in critical condition. The fourth patient was discharged.
The fifth man, who was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, later died, the hospital confirmed Tuesday. Alina Health on Thursday identified the victim as Lindsey Overbey, a 37-year-old medical assistant who had been in the clinic since November 2018.
Close friend Naiya Stubey told NBC affiliate KRE that Overbey was “the world’s best person”.
“She was the best mom, her heart was the best,” Stubey said. “She could light up a room.”
Officials said Ulrich is known to local authorities. According to a buffalo police report, in October 2018, Ulrich allegedly threatened to attack four Allina health medical facilities. At the time, his doctor told police that Ulrich called him three times and threatened to “practice various scenarios of shooting, blowing things up and how to take revenge” against the facilities, the report said.
Among the places where she is threatened is the Alina Health Clinic in Buffalo – where the most critical care facility was during Tuesday’s shooting.
At the time, the doctor told police that Ulrich said he would not take action on her threats, but said he believed “Mr. Ulrich is a high threat to society and himself.”
Ulrich’s younger brother Richard Ulrich told NBC News on Wednesday that the alleged threats were “related to opioid pain medication.”
Richard Ulrich, 63, of Florida, said his brother became dependent on opioids after surgery two years ago.
“He discontinued it after a few weeks, and he was upset that the doctors wouldn’t give him more,” he said. “It seemed that he was frustrated and paranoid with the doctors.”
Reportedly, Ulrich was taken to the emergency room for a mental health evaluation after being accused of making threats. A short time later, members of the Allina health staff filed for a restraining order against Ulrich, records show.
Ulrich was arrested in November 2018 for violating the Prevention of Harassment Order, according to the report. A month later, he was reported to have trespassed from a Stellis Health Clinic in Buffalo, the report said.
The charge was dismissed last year after Ulrich was found to be mentally incapacitated.