1 Person In Custody After Multiple People Shot At Allina Health Clinic In Buffalo – CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — One person is in custody and multiple people are injured following a shooting at an Allina Health Clinic in Buffalo Tuesday morning.

According to Buffalo police, the shooting was reported shortly before 11 a.m. on 755 Crossroads Campus Drive. At 11:30 a.m., an Allina representative confirmed there was an active shooter at the clinic in Buffalo.

Despite some reports early on of explosive devices, Joe Holler with Wright County said that there were no bombs or explosives detonated.

A picture taken nearby shows a Life Link helicopter at the scene.

North Memorial Health spokeswoman Abigail Greenheck said multiple victims were brought to its hospital in Robbinsdale. She did not say how many or what condition they were in.

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The Associated Press confirmed with police that a person has been detained and that there were multiple victims shot in the incident.

Gov. Tim Walz will address the shootings at his 2 p.m. news conference, and at 3 p.m. Buffalo Mayor Teri Lachermeier will speak at a press conference.

Early Tuesday afternoon, WCCO crews talked with the owner of a business near the clinic, Doug Selle.

“Things have settled down here a little bit in Buffalo from what they were about 45 minutes ago,” Selle said. “I am looking directly across from the Allina clinic and seeing a lot of flashing lights, ambulances, a fire truck and probably 20 sheriff’s vehicles in front of the building.”

ATF’s St. Paul Field Division announced it is on the way to the scene.

Additionally, Minneapolis police and the Minnesota BCA will be be sending resources to the scene.

TV helicopter news footage nearly two hours after the attack showed no activity at the clinic, but at least three shattered plate-glass windows could be seen on the clinic’s exterior.

A state Department of Public Health spokesman said he didn’t immediately know if the clinic has been administering COVID-19 vaccinations. An Allina spokesman referred all questions to the Buffalo police and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

LOCAL REACTION

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, a Republican who represents Buffalo in Minnesota’s 6th District, tweeted that he’s praying for the staff and patients at the clinic.

“My staff and I are in contact with Allina’s team and we hope that this horrible situation will come to a quick and peaceful resolution,” Emmer said.

Rep. Dean Phillips, a Democrat who represents the nearby west metro suburbs, tweeted that he was horrified by the reported violence.

“Targeting those who dedicate their lives to saving others is as heartbreaking as it is appalling,” he wrote. “Praying for the injured, their families, and our community.”

Minnesota’s DFL party also issued a statement via Twitter, calling what happened an “attack on health care providers.”

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