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Allina Health confirms 5 employees were victims of attack at Buffalo clinic

The healthcare provider has confirmed the identity of two victims.
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Allina Health has confirmed that all five victims of the mass shooting at its clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota, were employees. 

The healthcare provider on Wednesday confirmed Lindsay Overbay, a medical assistant at the Allina Crossroads Clinic since November 2018, was fatally shot in the attack

Allina also identified another victim as Sherry Curtis, a licensed practical nurse, who is one of four others recovering from injuries sustained when a gunman entered the building Tuesday and began shooting. 

A GoFundMe campaign for Curtis says she is strong and making "huge progress" but has a "long road to recovery." The online fundraiser, which has raised just over $6,000, describes Curtis as a "beautiful, loving, devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother and FurMom." 

A fundraiser for Overbay, who died at 37 years old and leaves behind two young children, has so far generated approximately $180,000. Overbay is described as a "beautiful mother, daughter and friend" who was a "bright light in many people's lives," adding that she "could light up a room with her contagious laugh and 'I don't give a shit' attitude."

"We will not be identifying the other victims at this time out of respect for the families’ wishes," Allina Health said. 

Allina Health has made mental health support and grief and spiritual counselors available for staff, while also boosting security at all Allina facilities. 

"Even though this appears to be an isolated incident, we have taken the extra precaution of increasing security in our facilities. We are working closely with law enforcement who are providing additional support to ensure the safety of our teams and patients," the release said. 

The suspected gunman, identified by authorities as 67-year-old Gregory P. Ulrich, of Buffalo, is expected to be formally charged Thursday morning in Wright County District Court. He is expected to be charged with second-degree premeditated murder, four counts of first-degree attempted premeditated murder, and possession of an explosive device. 

"I will aggressively prosecute Ulrich for this horrible crime and the pain he caused to the victims, their families and the entire community," Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes said in a statement Wednesday.

A press conference with an update from authorities is scheduled to be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. It's unclear if Ulrich's history of threatening "mass violence" against Allina Health facilities will be addressed during the news conference. 

Gov. Tim Walz has ordered flags at half staff in honor of the victims. 

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