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Updated 12/19/2013 - 9:30 a.m.
Alleged shooter wrote that he was in pain
Alan Oliver Frazier said he was angry about the way he was treated by doctors when he told them he was experiencing painful complications after vasectomy surgery.
The 51-year-old Hamilton Branch man walked into a Reno, Nev. medical office on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 17, and shot three people with a 12-gauge shotgun before killing himself with the gun.
One of the victims, 46-year-old urologist Dr. Garo Gholdoian, died at the scene. Dr. Christine Lajeunesse, 51, was still in critical condition Thursday. The third victim, Shawntae Spears, 20, was reported to be in serious condition.
An investigation by Feather Publishing reporter James Wilson on Wednesday traced Frazier to an Internet site where Frazier began documenting his frustration about a vasectomy he had around 2010.
Frazier’s first post on the Yahoo vasectomy support group site was Aug. 11, 2012. His final post on the site was Nov. 14, 2013. He was associated with 380 posts in the online group during those 15 months.
In his first post, Frazier described himself as “yet another victim of an inhumane medical procedure from hell.”
He described “excruciating pain” and said that doctors and staff didn’t take his complaints seriously.
“Dealing with the smoke/mirrors and bold face lies has been shocking not just from the md’s (sic) but from most of the staff,” Frazier wrote. “In a nutshell they blew me off, we don’t treat that, just see what happens, etc.”
It is not known if the doctors Frazier shot were associated with his surgery.
According to information provided by people close to the investigation, items and documents found in Frazier’s home, where he lived alone with a dog, indicate he may have been planning the shooting for months.
A note was reportedly left in his home. But the content of the note was unknown.
While Frazier was angry with doctors, he didn’t appear to be an angry person. One of his neighbors said “he was a good neighbor.”
She said Frazier “helped shovel everyone’s snow in the winter.”
She said Frazier gave her some pears from one of his trees. She said she made pear butter for him.
He was reportedly an avid hunter and liked to fish. In his online posts he described himself as an athletic person.
This is a developing story. The latest information will be reported in Dec. 24 editions of Feather Publishing newspapers.
The shooter has been identified as Alan Oliver Frazier, 51, of Lake Almanor.
The gunman who killed one person and injured two others before killing himself Tuesday afternoon at a Reno hospital complex was a Lake Almanor resident.
Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood confirmed the gunman’s identity Wednesday morning. Feather Publishing agreed to withhold the man’s name until family members had been notified.
The sheriff said two deputies went to the alleged shooter’s residence Tuesday night to make sure there were no other victims.
“It was a protective sweep of the residence,” Hagwood said. He added that no other shooting victims were discovered at the residence.
According to the sheriff, the man used a shotgun during the shooting at a medical building near Reno Renown Medical Center shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.
He allegedly shot three people before turning the gun on himself.
One of the victims, reportedly a doctor, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another victim, also a doctor, was reportedly in critical condition. A third victim was in serious condition, but was expected to survive.
Hagwood said his office is working with the Reno Police Department, which is handling the investigation.
The Reno police are securing a search warrant for the shooter’s Lake Almanor area residence.
This is a developing story. It will be updated as information becomes available.
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