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Woman: Focus of Reno shooting case had depression

Posted: December 19, 2013 3:30 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2013 3:30 p.m.

SWAT team members are trucked to the Reno, Nev. medical center where a lone gunman shot and injured four people. Reports are that he had a history of mental illness.

 

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A California man who has become the focus of an investigation into a fatal Reno hospital shooting had a history of mental illness and became a different person when he stopped taking his medication, his ex-fiancee said Thursday.

Alan Oliver Frazier, 51, suffered from depression and his behavior would change significantly without his antidepressants, Stephanie Wright-West told The Associated Press. She said Frazier had been suicidal in the past.

"I know that he had mental problems from way before I knew him," Wright-West said during a telephone interview from Victorville, Calif.

Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood said his agency helped Reno police execute a search warrant Wednesday at Frazier's California home near Lake Almanor, about 130 miles north of Reno.

Hagwood said the man lived alone and had no significant run-ins with the law during his two decades in the community.

Reno police were withholding comment but scheduled a briefing later Thursday to identify the person who killed himself after three people were shot Tuesday on the campus of Renown Regional Medical Center, including a doctor who died at his urology office.

Wright-West, 46, said she dated Frazier for about a year and a half in the mid-1990s after she met him at his work at a Plumas County power plant. They chose a home and lived together there for about six months before Frazier decided he didn't want to get married and returned to the Lake Almanor area, she said.

"It was horrible," Wright-West said about the breakup. "I thought everything was fine, but I didn't know what was going on in his head."

Frazier took Prozac but didn't like being dependent on the medication and would sometimes stop using it, she said. He would then become less confident, she said, and start telling her things weren't working out.

Before he started taking the drug, she said, co-workers found Frazier on a mountain with a gun in his truck and were able to talk him out of killing himself.

Reno police say a suicidal gunman opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun in the examination room area of the urology clinic before killing himself. One doctor was killed, another was critically wounded, and a third person seriously injured by the blasts.

Police identified the slain doctor as Charles G. Gholdoian, 46, a urologist at Urology Nevada. His colleague, Dr. Christine Lajeunesse, was conscious Thursday and remained in critical condition at Renown.

Lajeunesse and Shawntae Spears, 20, who was accompanying a family member on a doctor visit, each were shot once. Spears' condition has improved from critical to serious, the hospital said.

Detectives have not disclosed any potential motives for the attack.

Reno Deputy Police Chief Mac Venzo said Wednesday that police didn't know whether the gunman had been a patient of the urologist who was killed or knew any of the victims.

"The fact the shooter went through the first and second floor, made his way to the third floor of the building, would indicate to me it is not a random event," Venzo said.

Police say there were about 100 people in the office building when authorities were alerted about the shooter.

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