Reno gunman had depression when he killed doctor

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Posted: Dec 02, 2014 9:03 PM

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A California man who fatally shot a doctor and critically injured two other people before killing himself in a Reno medical office a year ago was suffering from depression and kept a manifesto raging about the pain and suffering he blamed on what he believed was a botched vasectomy, a new police report said Tuesday.

Alan Frazier, 51, a former power plant worker who lived near Lake Almanor, turned the gun on himself after he killed Dr. Charles G. Gholdoian and critically wounded two other people at the Urology Nevada office on the campus of Renown Regional Medical Center on Dec. 17.

Police found evidence at his home 130 miles northwest of Reno that he had plotted the attack, targeted doctors at the office and intended to end his own life, but detectives previously had withheld most details.

A 1,168-page investigative report police released on Tuesday included dozens of pages of Frazier's typed and hand-written notes that painted a picture of a troubled man who was determined to exact revenge and bring public attention to botched surgeries he says had affected many others as well.

"My life was never better, and then pure hell thanks to those urologists," Frazier wrote Nov. 30, 2013, in an entry that began with the heading, "NO MORE!"

"This is a beautiful world and life, but a true patriot must act and they will respect nothing other than several funerals," he wrote.

"It's like it's a destiny to get that word out..... It's whether or not I have the will or strength to do it. Dying like this is very scary and difficult to think about," he said, adding at one point, "I also wanted to say that I'm sorry I'm doing this all so close to Christmas."

Detectives say Frazier calmly bypassed patients waiting at a medical practice before opening fire with a pistol-grip 12-gauge shotgun at doctors in the examination room. He also critically wounded Dr. Christine Lajeunesse and seriously injured Shantae Spears, who was accompanying a relative on an office visit. Both recovered.

Urology Nevada officials said their own internal review conducted this January determined there was no basis for Frazier's claims that he was the victim of a botched surgery. The new police report said it is "unknown whether or not Mr. Frazier's belief was valid, that his vasectomy procedure caused the medical problems he was experiencing."

The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported Tuesday on the report that provides new details about Frazier's medical and mental condition. Among other things, it says Frazier fell out of a tree when he was a boy and suffered a severe laceration to his scrotum.

"Alan was also completely convinced the doctor who performed the vasectomy (in 2010) should have known he was at risk of having an adverse reaction due to the scrotum injury he suffered when he was a child," the report said.

The report confirms earlier statements neighbors and family members had made to detectives about Frazier having talked of suicide and suffering from depression.

"It appears Mr. Frazier was still suffering from depression and was unwilling to admit its existence or seek treatment for it," Det. Robert Hanifan wrote.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com