‘I knew I was going to die’: Clinic workers, patients recount attack in Buffalo, Minn.

2022-05-25 21:24:23 –

Buffalo, Min. — Gunshots and explosions echoed around them, so they flocked to the test room and bathroom. Knowing that the man with the gun was loose at the Arena Health Buffalo Clinic, they saw death coming for them.

“I never saw my family again because I thought I’d die,” said clinic nurse practitioner Jessica Stageberg sobbing. As she lay on the floor behind the locked bathroom toilet, she heard her footsteps in her hallway and a man’s voice trying to hide her.

“I thought he would come back with a bigger gun,” she said.

Stageberg was one of half a dozen clinic workers and patients who testified Wednesday in the Wright County District Court on the February 9, 2021 case. Four people were injured and medical assistant Lindsey Overbay was killed in a stomach bullet injury.

Tony MacAlpine came to the primary care clinic for a regular check-up on a cold winter morning. While waiting in the doctor’s office, he heard some sharp noises.

“I started to worry a little that it was probably a shootout,” he testified. Looking out of the room, he saw a woman lying on the floor. He rushed to the front of the building for help and retreated when he glanced at the shooter in the lobby.

Moving behind the clinic, he knelt by Overbay and rolled her to see the wound on her belly.

“She didn’t look good,” he said. Police arrived around that time, quelling the shooter identified as Ulrich by many witnesses and escorting McCarpine and others from the building.

Asked what was happening to his head during those desperate minutes, McAlpine replied, “A little distrust of what’s happening, just like a kind of dizziness.”

Kristine Teesdale was supposed to see some broken toes. She was taking off her socks in her office when her first shot rang.

Teesdale saw a woman lying in the hallway with her arm shot. She pulled the injured victim into her office, took off her sweater and wrapped it around her woman’s arm as her tourniquet.

“She said,’Help me, I don’t want to die,'” Tiesdale testified. “I was trying to comfort her.

“It’s all just a big blur.”

The testimony is expected to continue on Thursday and Friday with experts from the Minnesota Criminal Arrest Bureau, providing scientific evidence of gunshots, explosives, and other technical aspects of the case.

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