Alan Oliver Frazier
(Photo: Reno Gazette-Journal)
By Martha Bellisle
RENO, Nev. - A California man who allegedly shot and killed a doctor and injured two other people at a Reno medical office spent three years struggling with ailments resulting from a botched vasectomy, according to messages he posted on an online support group and a law enforcement investigation.
Reno police confirmed Thursday that 51-year-old Alan Oliver Frazier's focus during Tuesday's shooting was the doctors at Urology Nevada.
Frazier, of Lake Almanor, Calif., parked in front of the Center for Advanced Medicine B building at the Renown Regional Medical Center, went to the third floor offices of Urology Nevada and opened fire on three people before fatally shooting himself.
Dr. Garo Gholdoian was killed in the shooting and one of his partners, Dr. Christine Lajeunesse, was wounded. She was in critical condition Thursday. Another woman, Shawntae Spears, also was wounded and remains in serious condition.
Police say they found evidence during a search of Frazier's home detailing his surgery problems. They also found a letter that indicated his plans to carry out the shooting.
Frazier told the online vasectomy pain group on Yahoo in an Aug. 25, 2012, post that his post-vasectomy pain "was like I got run over by a truck."
"Big joint pain and random body aches, low energy, just like fighting an aggressive flu pattern only worse. Tight full abdomen, burning arm pits and chest pain a certain allergic/immune reaction. My lower back has also had issues worse than ever," he said. "Interesting note: I have every symptom of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but 1 (fever) and this was all brought on by the vasectomy."
And Frazier blamed the doctors for his failing health, the posts reveal.
"Yes, yet another victim of an inhumane medical procedure from hell," Frazier said in his first post on Aug. 11, 2012. Two weeks later he blasted the medical profession, saying "I put them right in line with an institution that rapes children and then hides it.
"They need to go down but even they will give a struggle for what seems so obviously wrong."
During a Thursday news conference, Reno police said they searched Frazier's home and found material that described adverse effects from his 2010 surgery. They said they are in the process of securing his medical records.
Frazier's neighbors in Lake Almanor described him late Wednesday as a kind person, an outdoors man, a loner and someone who was struggling with health issues. They said he spent much of his time researching remedies to his ailments.
Neighbor Jari Tognotti said Thursday in an email that Frazier encouraged his friends to go online to read about vasectomy problems suffered by many men.
"They are all having immune-type reactions while their bodies are trying to absorb the sperm," Tognotti said. "They also all were telling the same story about no help from doctors and no actual diagnostic code being given for them to use their insurance plans."
Tognotti said Frazier talked to a lawyer about his problems, "but without a diagnostic code the lawyer could not proceed."
Frazier spent the past two years communicating with others in similar situations on the Yahoo support group.
In his first post, Frazier said he had a vasectomy in 2010 and within a month he dropped 15 pounds of muscle. He experienced sharp pain that began in his groin, moved to his abdomen into his chest and then throat, he said.
He said he had never been sick or seen a doctor beyond basic checkups, so "dealing with the smoke/mirrors and bold face lies has been shocking not just from the md's but from most of the staff."
Frazier said he went to a local doctor for blood work in 2010, but said it was "a waste of time and money." His pain subsided but by 2012 "it was back with a vengeance." He said he experienced sharp pains.
"Nightmare!" he said.