UPDATE: Witnesses Say Suspect Motivated by Opposition to Abortion

Officer Garrett Swasey
Robert Dear Mugshot
Robert Lewis Dear mugshot

7:15 p.m.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is calling the shootings in Colorado Springs a crime against women receiving health care services at Planned Parenthood.

In a statement Saturday night, Lynch calls the attack not only a crime against the local community but a crime against law enforcement seeking to protect and to serve, against other innocent people, and against the rule of law as well as all Americans’ right to safety and security.

The nation’s top law enforcement officer says federal officials stand ready to offer any and all assistance to the district attorney and state and local law enforcement in Colorado as they move forward with their investigation.

Lynch also says her thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims, including slain police officer Garrett Swasey. She says Swasey gave his life in order to keep others safe.

6:20 p.m.

A law enforcement official says the suspect in the attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic made a comment about “no more baby parts” after his arrest.

The official could not elaborate about the comment. Planned Parenthood said in a statement Saturday that witnesses said the gunman was motivated by his opposition to abortion.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation. Police have not disclosed a motive for the attack.

Police say Robert Lewis Dear killed three people during the shooting rampage and hours-long standoff at the clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday. Dear is in custody and is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.

As of 3 p.m. Saturday, November 28, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – At least four people injured in the shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs have been released from hospitals.

Those out of the hospital as of Saturday include Ozy Licano, who was injured when the gunman fired on him in the parking lot. The other three haven’t been identified.

A total of nine people were hospitalized, including five police officers.

Three people were killed in the attack, including a University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer, Garrett Swasey (SWAY’-zee). The other two victims haven’t been publicly identified yet.

Police say Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina opened fire at the clinic and held police at bay for several hours before surrendering.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD-SHOOTING-VICTIM

Dad: Slain officer was figure skater, great dad

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – The father of the police officer killed in the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting says his son loved figure skating, was a great dad and was loved by all in his department.

David Swasey told the Boston Globe his son, Garrett, moved to Colorado from Massachusetts in the 1980s to pursue figure skating and won a national championship in the junior ranks.

Forty-four-year-old Garrett Swasey was the first of three victims to be identified in the shootings at the clinic in Colorado Springs. Married with two children, Swasey worked as a police officer at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Swasey was originally from Melrose, Massachusetts, where Police Chief Michael Lyle said he dedicated much of his life to helping others.

 

 

(AP) – President Barack Obama says the Planned Parenthood shootings show the urgent need “to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons on war” for “people who have no business wielding them.”

“Enough is enough,” Obama says in a statement a day after a gunman killed three people at a Colorado clinic.

Obama says it’s not known what motivated the shooter, but it’s clear “more Americans and their families had fear forced upon them” – and that, the president says, “is not normal. We can’t let it become normal.”

He says if “we truly care about this – if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience,” then America must make it harder to get guns.

Police have identified the suspect as Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina.

The 6-foot-4-inch man was taken into custody Friday after an hours long standoff and shootout. Jail booking records indicate that Dear is due in court on Monday.

No other details about the suspect were immediately available, including whether he had any connection to Planned Parenthood. Police say three people, including an officer, were killed in the attack.

Lt. Catherine Buckley said Saturday that the items that Dear brought to the scene are “no longer a threat.” She wouldn’t say what the items were or why they were no longer a threat.

Buckley says investigators expect to study the crime scene for several days

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(CNN) As the story continues to develop and unfold, it is confirmed that two civilians were also killed in the shooting Friday afternoon.

The officer who was killed worked for the University of Colorado, and responded to the scene “in support of an officer under fire”, according to the school’s chancellor.

“The perpetrator is in custody. The situation has been resolved. There’s no continuing peril to the citizens of Colorado Springs,” Mayor John Suthers told reporters. “But there’s a huge crime scene that has to be processed. We have to determine exactly how many victims there are. We’ll be reporting on that in the near future.”

Eleven people were transported to local hospitals, according to Colorado Springs Police Lt. Catherine Buckley. Four police officers were among those hospitalized Friday evening.

“The officers, they’re obviously in some pain, but thankfully they’re alive and talking to us, and they’re heroes … The courage they displayed today saved many, many lives — no doubt,” Colorado Springs Fire Chief Christopher Riley said.

It is still unclear if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of the shooter.

News 3 will have more information as it becomes available to us.

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An officer was killed during the Colorado Springs shooting in a Planned Parenthood clinic, according to the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police.

Colorado tweet

It is believed that all staff and patients from the area are accounted for following the Friday afternoon shooting, says Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

“We’re still reaching out to confirm individuals, how they are. I believe no one of our staff was severely injured. I also believe at this time that none of our patients were injured,” she told CNN.

GALLERY: http://interactives.wsav.com/photomojo/gallery/39603/1

 

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