KARE 11 Investigates: Videos show Allina suspect before shooting
Videos received from KARE 11 show the final minutes as the alleged mass shooter Gregory Ulrich drives a bus to the Buffalo Clinic.
BUFFALO, Minn. – Watch the full investigation on the KARE 11 news at 10pm
Videos received from KARE 11 show the moments before a mass shooting suspect walked into an Allina clinic where he was accused of killing one person and injuring four others last week.
The never-before-seen videos show 67-year-old Gregory Ulrich walking casually from a Buffalo Super 8 motel into a public transit bus on Tuesday morning, February 9, while carrying a briefcase that investigators said was full of explosives .
“Are you going to the Crossroad Allina Clinic?” the driver asked Ulrich.
In a heavy brown jacket, he casually tossed the briefcase onto the seat next to him, buckled up and said to the driver, “Okee doke.”
During the five-minute ride on an otherwise empty bus, there was no evidence of the loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol, two loaded magazines, or the Ziploc bag full of extra ammunition that the authorities said they were carrying. He was calm and seems calm.
After arriving in the clinic parking lot, he pulled up his face mask, put his glasses in his pocket, picked up his briefcase and politely said “thank you” to the driver before getting out.
“Bye,” replied the driver.
The video shows him on his way to the clinic entrance when the Trailblazer transit bus drove away.
Moments later, the attack began in the clinic.
After the mass shootings, in which, according to the authorities, three bombs were also detonated, Ulrich was charged with one second-degree murder, four first-degree murder attempts, a negligent explosion of incendiary devices and a pistol without permission.
Ulrich’s former roommate informed KARE 11 that the alleged shooter had received legal permission to purchase the weapon despite his documented history of mass shootings, drug use and intellectual incompetence.
Last week, a KARE 11 investigation revealed what attorney and gun rights expert Jim Fleming called a rift in the system that allowed the gun to be legally purchased.
“(It’s) what you might call a perfect storm,” he said.
Minnesota lawmakers were warned of this storm last year as part of a task force report investigating what happens to defendants who are mentally incapable of standing trial.
The report identified hundreds of “loopholes” cases where the criminal charges were dismissed due to mental incompetence but the person was not given treatment that opened the door for them to possibly offend again.
Ulrich seems to be a terrifying example of such a case. He pleaded guilty to violating an injunction in 2019 after threatening mass shootings at Buffalo Allina Hospital.
However, the charges were ultimately dismissed by a city attorney who wrote in a court motion dated April 2020 that Ulrich was “mentally incompetent to proceed with the case.”
There is no record that he received legal treatment following the case.
Fast forward to last week and the video that shows Ulrich in a bus and on his way, say the authorities to do exactly what he had previously threatened.
In a statement, public transport operator Trailblazer Transit said the company “mourns the tragic shootings in Buffalo and expresses its deep condolences to those affected.”
“We are sad that the shooting suspect used the public transport system to travel in Buffalo on February 9, 2021. There were no other passengers on the bus with the suspect, and the transportation system had no knowledge or information that would lead anyone to believe that aggression was taking place. Trailblazer Transit is committed to helping the healing of our community in every possible way. “