Denver: Two civilians and a police officer were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Colorado Planing centre clinic in a nearly six-hour standoff Friday.
The suspected gunman is Robert Lewis Dear, 59, a law enforcement official told. The official did not provide additional information.
Police captured him, but they’re still working to pinpoint his motive and make sure he didn’t leave any explosives inside or outside the Colorado Springs building.
Bomb technicians are investigating what’s believed to be the suspect’s vehicle in a parking lot, a law enforcement official said.
It was not immediately clear why Planned Parenthood was the target of the shooting.
One Planned Parenthood official said the motive behind the attack was unknown, but pointed to what she called a “poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism” as a possible cause.
A suspected gunman is in custody after he stormed the offices of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado and opened fire on people and police officers. One officer was killed and four were injured, while two civilians died. Up to six civilians were also shot and wounded before police persuaded the gunman to give himself up.
Witnesses said the drama began when they heard multiple shots after seeing a man wearing a long coat and hunting-style hat, armed with a long gun enter the clinic at 11.30am.
Reports initially said the incident had been quickly contained. However, police then said the situation was still active and three hours after the incident began, police reported more shots were fired at them. A fourth officer was injured in that exchange. Police later said a fifth officer was injured.
“Four officers were injured. Some of the injured officers have been transported [to hospital],” said Lt Catherine Buckley of the Colorado Springs Police Department, as the drama played out.
“We have encountered one shooter, though we always train for the possibility there are more than one. The person is inside the Planned Parenthood office.”