Updates appear at the end
Robert Lewis Dear, age 59, has been identified as the suspect in the shooting at a Planned Parenthood medical center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Denver Post reports.
Dear surrendered and is cooperating.
Three people, including a police officer were killed in the shooting and nine others, including five police officers, were injured. It began just before noon on Friday, while the clinic was open and in operation. The suspect was taken into custody five hours later, just before 5 p.m.
He started firing in the parking lot, CNN reported, and one witness said he had a “cold stone face”. Armed with a long gun, he appeared to be following a man who was trying to crawl out the back door unseen.
After a victim hiding in the bathroom was reported as having been shot in the chest, police drove a BearCat armored vehicle through the clinic and began evacuating civilians.
The entire siege lasted six hours.
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Police Officer Garrett Swasey, 44, has been identified as one of the victims killed in the shooting.
Dear came from South Carolina originally though he is a resident of North Carolina and it is not yet known when he arrived in Colorado Springs. He has an arrest record. He was charged with two counts of animal cruelty in 2002 but found not guilty. He has a series of traffic violations.
He brought propane tanks with him to the clinic.
44-year-old Garrett Swasey, responded to the scene after calls for help from other officers.
Swasey, who was married with two young children, had worked as a campus police officer for six years, the New York Times reports. He has been the co-pastor at Hope Chapel in Colorado Springs for seven years.
He’s a Christian with a family killed right before Christmas.
“Here’s a guy who worked full time as a police officer, and then gave a great amount of time to his local church and didn’t get a dime for it,” Scott Dontanville, another pastor at the church, told the Times. “He did it because it was the thing that he felt he needed to do.”
Another pastor and friend, Kurt Aichele, told the Times that Swasey was formerly a nationally ranked figure skater and ice dancer, and moved to Colorado to train.
Slain officer Garrett Swasey was a husband, dad, and elder in an evangelical church. Pray for his family and church. pic.twitter.com/qEmDgZRVeH
— Matt Smethurst (@MattSmethurst) November 28, 2015
Dear began firing a long gun right away but was isolated by police who watched him on cameras in the facility and who were able to set up communication with him. During the press conference last evening, officials said: “We don’t have any information on this individual’s mentality, or his ideas or ideology,” Colorado Springs police Lt. Catherine Buckley said. “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. Police were able to end the incident, authorities said, when they stormed the clinic and shouted at the man to give himself up. Authorities feared for explosives inside of the building, noting that the suspect brought several unidentified objects with him. “We don’t know what they are,” Buckley said. “We know that the suspect brought several items with him, and some of those are inside the Planned Parenthood building and some of them are out front of it.” Last year, abortion providers in the United States saw 12 incidents of vandalism, one burglary, one invasion, one arson attack, one death threat and four stalking incidents, according to the National Abortion Federation, CNN reported. No motive has been released yet. We will update with the motive when it is announced. The far left has been railing against Christian terrorists and blaming the videos recently released by The Center for Medical Progress which included edited and raw data of high up officials in Planned Parenthood and others bartering over the price of baby body parts and discussing what was essentially after-birth abortion. The discussions on social media have turned political and people are worried about Planned Parenthood. I couldn’t find people worrying about the victims in the hospital. Hillary was a prime example.
We will update with the condition of the victims as soon as the information is released.
UPDATES AS THEY COME IN
11/28:15: 11:45am EST
From the mugshot, he looks mentally deranged.
After he was named, Barack Obama said on Saturday the US had “to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them”.
“Period,” the president added, in a statement released by the White House. “Enough is enough.”
As usual, he didn’t waste any time. He knows they only way to achieve what he wants is to take guns away from legal gun owners, period. The man might have had propane tanks with him, ready to bomb the place. Will Obama ban propane tanks?
Planned Parenthood has already decided on the motive and attacked David Daleidon and The Center for Medical Progress for exposing some of their more nefarious transactions. They also called the act “domestic terrorism” without knowing the motive and later changed it to “acts of violence” in their statement.
Daleidon has come out in condemnation of the attack on the clinic.
The leading Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, expressed their support for Planned Parenthood. They have not as yet shown any concern for the victims.
All we know so far about the victims is the wounded officers are going to survive and are sad but happy the man is caught without a worse loss of life.
3:45 pm EST
Dear had a long list of “incident reports” according to The Daily Beast. He has been accused of animal abuse, domestic abuse and leering. He pushed his wife out a window and threatened a neighbor – who Dear had been making “unwelcome advancements” to.
He lived in a cabin without running water or electricity when he was in North Carolina, his neighbor told the New York Daily News.
“If you talked to him, nothing with him was very cognitive — topics all over place,” James Russell told the Daily News.
His cabin has a makeshift cross on it. How long before the left makes a case against Christians though he is obviously mentally ill?
Dear’s age has been reported as both 57 and 59, but public records indicate that he is 57. His family is from South Carolina, according to public records and his father’s obituary.
He is registered as an unaffiliated voter. He’s NOT a REPUBLICAN.
Authorities weren’t ready to discuss a possible motive after interviewing 57-year-old suspect Robert Lewis Dear, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said, according to the LA Times.
However, people can make “inferences from where it took place,” said Suthers, a former state attorney general who also suggested that Dear’s mental health was part of the investigation.
Those who know Dear said he betrayed few religious or political leanings.
Dear’s cabin is on a curvy dirt road about 15 miles west of Asheville, N.C. He also had a trailer in the nearby town of Swannanoa.
Some neighbors said they knew Dear but didn’t want to give their names because they said they were fearful he might retaliate.
Russell and others said the only companion they saw with Dear was a mangy dog, who looked to be in such bad shape they called animal control because they worried he was beating it.
USA Today reported that the motive is unknown. “We don’t have any information on this individual’s mentality, or his ideas or ideology,” said Lt. Catherine Buckley, spokeswoman for the Colorado Springs Police Department.
The left’s big break might have come. After watching scores of left-wing crazies kill people in mass shootings, a deranged right-wing person might have been responsible for a mass shooting. NBC News is reporting that, included in his incoherent ramblings, was the phrase “no more body parts.” The police said he uttered many things and they cannot determine a motive yet.
Expect this to become the fault of the investigator who unearthed some heinous practices at Planned Parenthood.
We will end this coverage here and continue on other articles.