One officer and two civilians have been killed and at least nine others injured after a fifty seven year old man opened fired at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic causing a five hour long standoff with police.
Robert Lewis Dear began shooting in the parking lot of the clinic before taking multiple hostages. Police said it is too early to speculate his motive.
Authorities reported that Dear used a long gun and brought several “items” into the building that could have been explosive devices.
Forty four year old, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Police Officer Garrett Swasey, was killed in the shooting. Swasey had been with the campus police for six years and was one of the first officers on the scene as the shooting was reported.
Dear, who is from Hartsel, Colorado, is originally from South Carolina. He has a long history of arrests from traffic violations, animal cruelty and charges of being a peeping Tom.
Since the summer and a string of highly edited videos purportedly showing Planned Parenthood selling fetal body parts, threats against clinics have risen significantly. At least four clinics have been the target of arson attacks.