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Dr. Charles Gholdoian, Reno Hospital Shooting Victim: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

On December 17 in Reno, Nevada, Dr. Charles Garo Gholdoian was shot and killed at the hospital where he worked. Here’s what we know:

Charles Gholdoian, C. Garo Gholdoian, Reno Hospital Shooting victim

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1. The Shooting Occurred on the Third Floor of a Large Medical Building

Charles Gholdoian, Reno Hospital Shooting

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According to the L.A. Times, a gunman opened fire at a Reno hospital complex Tuesday, December 17, killing Dr. Charles Gholdoian, and wounding two others before taking his own life. Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson told the times that the shooting occurred on the third floor of a medical building at Renown Regional Medical Center. About 100 people were inside the building at the time.


2. Police Don’t Think Gunman Randomly Selected Gholdoian

Charles Garo Gholdoian, Reno hospital shooting

Police Chief Tom Robinson

Police don’t believe the location or victims of the shooting were arbitrarily selected, Chief Robinson saying: “I wouldn’t say they were targeted, but I don’t think it was just random.”

Shawntee Spears, a 20-year-old relative of a patient, was also wounded in the attack.


3. Charles Garo Gholdoian Was a 46-Year-Old Urologist

Charles Garo Gholdoian, Reno hospital shooting

The Center for Health Internal Medicine Associates of Reno, posted condolences to Goldoian‘s family on their Facebook page:

Charles Garo Gholdoain

An apparent former patient took to twitter to express her grief:


4. The Gunman Has Been Identified as a Man Who Suffered a Botched Surgery

Charles Garo Gholdoian

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On Wednesday night, December 18, officials revealed the identity of the gunman. He is Alan Oliver Frazier, 51, who reportedly had medical problems stemming from a botched surgery.

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5. The Gunman Told Patients in the Waiting Room to Leave

Kandy Hall of Sparks, Nevada, told the Reno Gazette-Journal that she was in the waiting room when the gunman entered, saying:

“This man came through the door into the waiting room with [a gun] at his side. He pointed it at me and then he brandished it at everyone else that was sitting against the wall, and he said something like, ‘Everybody get out of here,’ or ‘You’d all better get out of here.’ Then he opened the door to go back to where the doctor and the nurses were.”

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