Planned Parenthood rallies after shooting and Republican attack

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AP NewsBreak: Shooting suspect asked direction to clinic.

DENVER — The man accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado asked at least one person in a nearby shopping center for directions to the facility before opening fire, a law enforcement official said, offering the clearest suggestion yet that he was targeting the reproductive health organization. WACO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A former Fort Hood soldier killed in last month’s Planned Parenthood shootings in Colorado will be remembered at services in Central Texas. Prosecutors this week plan to charge Robert Lewis Dear, 57, with murder and other crimes in the Nov. 27 attack that also left nine other people wounded.

Colorado Springs police have refused to discuss a motive for the fusillade, but there’s mounting evidence to suggest Dear was deeply concerned about abortion, having rambled to authorities about “no more baby parts” after his arrest. Within hours, Dear, 57, allegedly stormed the Planned Parenthood packing an arsenal of rifles and handguns, wounding nine people before exchanging gunfire with police. It was unclear whether Dear purchased all of them, but despite brushes with the law, he had no felony convictions that would have prevented him from buying a firearm. Dear, who lived off-the-grid in several remote locations, had a history of acting upon his hatred toward Planned Parenthood by vandalizing abortion clinics in South Carolina, one of his ex-wives, Barbara Micheau claimed. He served in Iraq and was later stationed in Colorado, where Stewart remained after leaving the Army. (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers on Monday would not discuss Dear’s motive or details of the investigation, but he praised responding officers, who he said rescued 24 people from inside the clinic building and helped remove 300 people from the surrounding businesses where they had been hiding while the shooting unfolded. “They went in at their own peril, but that contributed to basically 24 people getting out of that building safely,” Suthers said of the officers.

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