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Sunday, December 22, 2013

For doctors at Nev. medical facility, tragedy hits home

Reno obstetrician Dr. Bruce Farringer has always felt safe at work.
In his 33-year career, he's practiced at hospitals across the country, including some in violent neighborhoods in big cities.
But he has always felt safe.
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"You risk your life driving to work. You risk your life parking your car; walking into the building," Farringer said. "But as soon as you're inside, that's where you're safe. My safest places, all my life, have been medical places."
Farringer repeats "I feel safe" — even with tears in his eyes — almost as a mantra as he tries to come to grips with the massacre that happened just one floor above him on Tuesday at the Renown Regional Medical Center campus while he was in an exam room with a patient.
At 2:05 p.m., Alan Frazier walked into the medical building at 1500 E. Second St. carrying a pistol-grip 12-gauge shotgun. He took an elevator to the third floor, walked through the reception area at Urology Nevada into the back office and opened fire.
Frazier, who blamed a vasectomy he'd had in 2010 for a painful condition that plagued him for three years, shot and killed Dr. Garo Gholdoian. He critically injured Dr. Christine Lajeunesse and seriously injured 20-year-old Shawntae Spears, who was with a family member at the doctor's office.
He then shot and killed himself.
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