Suspect In Minnesota Mass Shooting Made Threats Of Revenge After Being Refused Prescriptions For Opioids

NBC News reports:

The suspected gunman in a shooting at a Minnesota health clinic that left one person dead and three critically injured on Tuesday allegedly threatened to attack medical facilities in 2018, according to police records.

In October 2018, Gregory Paul Ulrich called his doctor three times and made threats involving “shooting, blowing things up, and practicing different scenarios of how to get revenge” against four Allina Health medical facilities, according to a report by the Buffalo Police Department.

Richard Ulrich, Gregory’s younger brother, told NBC News Wednesday that his alleged threats were “related to opioid pain medication.” Richard, 63, of Florida, said his older brother became dependent on opioids when he had back surgery two years ago.

USA Today reports:

Ulrich had threatened mass shooting and other revenge scenarios in several 2018 phone calls with his doctor in 2018, said a Buffalo Police Department report obtained by the Star Tribune. His complaints may have stemmed from a number of back surgeries and subsequent medications, police said.

He had threatened four Allina Health clinics, the report states, and said he wanted to plan something “big and sensational so that it makes an impact.” Officers found additional suspicious devices at the Super 8 motel Ulrich had been staying at that was less than 3 miles from the clinic, Deringer said.

Earlier, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said “some improvised explosive devices” were related to the incident. In 2018, he was arrested in Buffalo on the charge of violation of a harassment restraining order, according to court records.