Man charged in clinic shooting refuses to look at survivors

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BUFFALO, Minn. (TAUT) — A man charged in a shooting at a Minnesota medical clinic that killed one staff member and injured four others last year refused to look at survivors on Tuesday as they described their pain and their terror.

Gregory Ulrich is on trial for murder, attempted murder and other charges on the Feb. 9, 2021, shooting at the Allina Health Clinic in Buffalo, a small town about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Ulrich sat intently at the table with his attorneys for the first two weeks of the trial. This time he laid his head on a table in the courtroom and put his arms around her as the victims took the stand. He did not look up during two hours of testimony, the Star Tribune reported.

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Before the jury was called, Ulrich told Wright County District Judge Catherine McPherson that he was in a lot of pain and would prefer to lie outside the courtroom.

“Pain is the strongest drug. I might as well be on heroin. I’m all confused and need painkillers so I can talk about it and think about it,” Ulrich said.

McPherson ordered Ulrich to remain in the courtroom, where the first to testify was Jennifer Gibson, a medical assistant at the clinic. She shared an office with Lindsay Overbay, a medical assistant who died in the attack.

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Gibson said he heard “a loud metallic noise” around 10:55 a.m. that morning and looked down the hall to see a man with a gun. She heard more shots and ran outside, where she was lying on the ground, bleeding from a gunshot wound to her thigh, and played dead in temperatures around 5 below zero.

Antonya Fransen-Pruden, a registered nurse, walked into the witness box limping slightly, a lingering effect of being shot in the back during the attack. She was in the hall when she and a colleague were shot.

As she crawled under a desk, she heard the shooter call 911 and tell the dispatcher to “send a lot of ambulances. There are a lot of spinal injuries and I have bombs that are about to go off.

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Fransen-Pruden spent 10 days in hospital with injuries to her spine, colon, ovaries and fallopian tubes. She still has a bullet in her pelvis.

Prosecutors say Ulrich was angry about his medical treatment at the clinic. Court records allege Ulrich has mental health and substance abuse issues.

After the testimony of the two victims, prosecutors released two short videos made by Ulrich in December 2020, approximately six weeks before the attack.

“They’ll find out what’s going on” when they tangle with “a good Christian,” Ulrich said in one of the videos. “You picked the wrong person.”

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