Shooter at Minnesota Clinic Taken in to Custody
This morning (February 9), tragedy struck a small town Minnesota hospital. One of the town's elderly residents opened fire on unsuspecting hospital staff and patients. While the injured have been rushed to treat their wounds, the suspect is in custody.
According to AP News, 67-year-old Gregory Paul Ulrich shot five people at the Allina Clinic, in Buffalo, before being taken into custody by police. The report says that Ulrich "was well-known to law enforcement" before the shooting. AP News acquired court records that state Ulrich had previously been convicted for crimes like drunk driving and marijuana possession.
AP News is also reporting that Police Chief Pat Budke did not seem to think this was "an act of domestic terrorism." Governor Tim Walz said that "some improvised explosive devices" we present, but he did not clarify if they were detonated or not. Get the full story from AP News here.
The FBI defines domestic terrorism as "Violent, criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups to further ideological goals stemming from domestic influences, such as those of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature." Ulrich allegedly shot five human beings, put many others in danger, and even planted exploding devices. It is concerning to think this is not being considered domestic terrorism at this point.
By definition, the present situation about the crimes just committed at Allina Clinic is an act of domestic terrorism. Lives have forever been changed at the hands of a man who decided others' lives are not valuable. Hopefully, the sentence fits the crime.