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Reno Hospital Shooter Left Suicide Note Outlining Motive

When tragedy hits, the question most people ask is, why? Investigators and family members usually are forced to speculate.  In this instance, the gunman Alan Frazier left a detailed explanation for his actions.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A gunman who complained he had a botched 2010 surgery left a suicide note outlining plans for his attack before targeting physicians

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Reno Hospital Shootingin a deadly rampage at a medical office that left one doctor dead and another critically wounded, police said Thursday. of Plumas County, Calif., a 51-year-old former power plant control room operator, calmly bypassed patients waiting at a Nevada urology medical practice on Tuesday until opening fire with a pistol-grip 12-gauge shotgun at doctors in the examination room.

“We may never know the suspect’s exact motive or reason for his actions, but there is indication that his focus was on the physicians at this specific office,” Reno police Lt. William Rulla said.

Police, who identified Frazier for the first time Thursday as the gunman, said they searched the man’s home in Northern California and found evidence that he was plotting the attack that also left a 20-year-old woman in serious condition with a shotgun wound to the torso.

“Inside, we located a typed letter indicating the suspect’s intention to commit this horrific act,” Rulla said. “We also located other firearms within the residence, as well as notes indicating the suspect’s actions during this incident were to be his final actions.”

Witnesses told investigators Frazier also made statements at the time of the attack that he was looking for physicians, not patients, Rulla said.

Frazier entered the third-floor office about 2 p.m. Tuesday with the shotgun police say he used to kill Dr. Charles G. Gholdoian, 46, president of Urology Nevada; critically wound Dr. Christine Lajeunesse and seriously injure Shantae Spears, who was accompanying a relative on an office visit.

Frazier also was carrying a two-shot Derringer pistol and a fully loaded .40-caliber handgun, neither of which police believe he shot. He walked past the reception desk and toward the examination rooms where he first encountered Lajeunesse in the hallway and blasted her at point-blank range with one shot that hit both her arm and torso, police said.

As she fell to the floor, he continued down the hall and fired at Gholdoian, missing him but striking Spears in the torso. He fired again and hit the doctor with a fatal shot to the torso, police said.

Frazier fired a fourth shot into a smoked glass door, perhaps in an attempt to gain access, Rulla said, then “returned to the main lobby area where the fifth and final shot was the self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.”

Police said Frazier had a surgery in 2010 and claimed to have adverse symptoms because of it. But it was not immediately clear if the unspecified procedure was performed at Urology Nevada or if either of the two doctors who were shot had been involved.

Detectives were securing Frazier’s medical records to determine the nature of his surgery and other details.

Rulla said they also recovered the pickup truck Frazier drove to the hospital Tuesday and were in the process of serving a search warrant on the vehicle where it’s being held at the police station. He said they’ve found no criminal history on him so far in either Nevada or California.

Frazier’s former fiancee, Stephanie Wright-West, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Frazier took medication for depression when they were together in the mid-1990s.

Lajeunesse remained in critical condition and Spears in serious condition on Thursday at Renown Regional Medical Center, hospital officials said.

Local clergy were hosting an interfaith candlelight vigil Thursday night at a park across the street from the hospital.


Rindels reported from Las Vegas. AP reporters Sandra Chereb in Carson City and Monika Mathur in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report


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