Suicide Note Reveals Suspected Reno Shooter’s Troubles
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LAKE ALMANOR (CBS13) – A suicide note is shedding light on what may have led to the deadly shooting at a Reno medical center.
In the note, the man accused of carrying out Tuesday’s deadly attack claimed doctors botched his surgery in 2010. Police identified the shooter as Alan Frazier.
Frazier lived near Lake Almanor in Plumas County. We spoke with neighbors who say he changed dramatically following that surgery. Neighbors say he as the kind of guy who would plow driveways when it snowed. He was also angry about a medical procedure that had gone wrong.
His quiet existence — living alone with his dog — started going sideways long before Alan Frazier left his remote Lake Almanor home for the last time.
“It is shocking to me because he seemed like a very nice man,” said one of Frazier’s neighbors.
It wasn’t just the suicide note police say he left. Back in august 2012, in his first of many posts on a Yahoo! support forum for vasectomy patients in pain, Frazier angrily wrote: “Yes, yet another victim of an inhumane medical procedure from hell. Within a month I dropped 15+ pounds of muscle and some of the love handles with excruciating pain.
“Just a great all around hunter, fisher, good guy,” said Cindy Billet, one of Frazier’s neighbors. “But apparently he’s had some medical issues.”
Neighbors say the crippling complications left Frazier unable to work, and say their friend’s frustration built. As he felt doctors blew him off, online he wrote: “This is America in the 21st century with an institution who swore an oath to provide healthcare to the American people? Our founding father’s (sic) would be appalled, I know I am.”
What Frazier allegedly did neighbors can’t quite believe. Police say he drove two hours to Reno, walked into a urology clinic with a 12-gauge shotgun, and opened fire, killing a doctor and wounding two others before turning the gun on himself.
It isn’t immediately clear if the doctor killed was the one who performed Frazier’s surgery in 2010. The Plumas County sheriff says Frazier didn’t have any dealings with law enforcement in the last decade.