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Alan Oliver Frazier / Reno Gazette-Journal

RENO, Nev. -- The best friend of a California man who opened fire at a medical office this week said Friday that complications from a vasectomy left the man so sick and weak that he could barely move.

"He was dying from this," Charles Bigalow said of his childhood friend, Alan Oliver Frazier. "He was wanting to be healthy again, but he was getting to where he couldn't get out of bed."

Bigalow, who lives in Casper, Wyo., said he last spoke with Frazier on Dec. 14 - three days before Frazier entered the Reno offices of Urology Nevada and used a 12-gauge shotgun to kill a doctor and injure two other people before fatally shooting himself.

"If I had any idea he was planning this, I would have been on an airplane in a minute - I would have stopped him in any way I possibly could," Bigalow said as he broke down crying.

"I know he was hurting. I don't know what pushed him over the edge."

Reno police said they found a letter at Frazier's Lake Almanor, Calif., home "indicating the suspect's intention to commit this horrific act." They also found notes that suggested the shooting would be "his final actions." Detectives are collecting Frazier's medical records to learn more about his surgery, police said.

On Tuesday, Frazier fatally shot Dr. Garo Gholdoian and critically injured Dr. Christine Lajeunesse. He also shot Shawntae Spears, who was in the waiting room. Spears was in fair condition Friday, according to Renown Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Angela Rambo. Lajeunesse has asked the hospital to not release her condition, Rambo said.

Bigalow said Frazier, 51, had lost his job in 2010 and decided "to do the responsible thing" while he still had insurance by getting a vasectomy.

"He didn't want to create a child without a job," Bigalow said.

But he had an allergic reaction to the surgery that left him in pain and extremely weak, Bigalow said.

Urology Nevada physicians performed the vasectomy, police said, but authorities did not know specifically which doctors were involved in the operation, Reno spokeswoman Sharon Spangler said Thursday.

Frazier recently drew a deer hunting tag in a coveted area near his home, but on opening day he could only stay out for two hours before having to return home to rest, Bigalow said.

"He was so weak that it took him almost two weeks to get up enough energy to go out again," Bigalow said. "He was hurting. He went out again on the 13th day but he was too weak, he lost his energy, lost his appetite. This vasectomy was killing him."

Charles Bigalow's wife, Johnna, said Frazier was like family and they are upset about his actions.

"He was not a dangerous person, but he got really sick," she said, "and he lost his mind."

Dr. Ira Sharlip, a professor of urology at the University of California, San Francisco, said research did not support Frazier's claims that his vasectomy had made him sick.

"There are many very large studies that show that a vasectomy is not a risk factor for any longer-term health problems, and that's very clear," Sharlip said Friday.



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