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Police and Gunman in Shootout at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs

28 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

At Least Nine Injured in Shooting Near Colorado Abortion Clinic.

Police on Friday swarmed an area around a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado Springs, where a gunman opened fire, injuring three officers and an undetermined number of civilians, police and hospital officials said. Around 12 PM on Friday, the Colorado Springs Police Department notified the public of an active shooter situation at the local Planned Parenthood clinic. City police said in a Twitter message about two hours after the shooting was first reported that the situation remained unstable, contrary to an ABC News report, attributed to a police commander, that the suspect was thought to have been “contained.” “This is an active situation,” a police department spokeswoman, Lieutenant Catherine Buckley, told CNN, adding that law enforcement had yet to confirm the gunman’s location. According to a suspect description relayed over the police scanner, the shooter was a white man with a “white beard,” wearing a long coat and a hunting hat with flaps on the side.

She said police also were not sure that shooting had any connection to Planned Parenthood and that circumstances surrounding the gunfire remained unclear. A spokeswoman for a local hospital said it had received three patients from the shooting but the nature and extent of their injuries were not immediately provided. The total number of civilian injuries has not yet been confirmed but at least two civilians were injured and subsequently transported to the hospital early on, with one in stable condition, per scanner traffic. The FBI warned of threats to reproductive health facilities this past September, in the wake of graphic sting videos that purported to show Planned Parenthood selling fetal body parts for profit. Hundreds of protesters picketed in front of the clinic in August as part of a push by abortion opponents to cut off public funding for Planned Parenthood.

Outside, officers who were in contact with people inside established a code to allow the officers inside to identify themselves to those hiding inside. Brigette Wolfe, who works across the street from the scene, told CNN she could see law enforcement officers including police SWAT teams deployed in the area.

As in much of the rest of the country, abortion is a divisive issue in the politically competitive state of Colorado, figuring prominently in attack ads during last year’s hard-fought Senate race between incumbent Democrat Mark Udall and Republican challenger Cory Gardner, the winner of the election. Once within view of police, he was described as having a “really stocky build” with “guns down by his waist.” He was wearing a “trenchcoat” and armed with an AK-47,” according to scanner traffic. Joan Motolinia said his sister, Jennifer, was trapped inside the clinic and hiding behind a table from someone shooting inside the building when she called him. Mike Pelosi, who works at a deli at a nearby King Sooper grocery store, said he heard over the store’s loudspeaker just before noon that nobody could leave the store. One of the officers appeared to fall to the ground and the other officer knelt down to help and then tried to get the officer to safety behind the car, she said.

Colorado Springs, about 70 miles south of Denver, was the scene of a mass shooting on Oct. 31 in which a gunman killed three people near downtown before dying in a shootout with police. At that time, five victims were being treated in the hospital, FOX21 News reported, although the exact breakdown of police and civilians was unclear, a hospital spokesperson told The Denver Post. In a statement to The Daily Beast, Vicki Cowart, the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain, said: “At this time, our concern is for the safety of our patients, staff and law enforcement.

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