Gunman attacks family planning centre

Gunman attacks family planning centre
Published: 2015 November 28 09:01:00 (9793 Views)
Two civilians and a police officer were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic in a nearly six-hour standoff Friday.

The suspected gunman, Robert Lewis Dear, 59, shot multiple victims including four police officers and barricaded himself inside the Planned Parenthood facility, according to the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police executive director, Mike Violette.

Police captured him, but they're still working to pinpoint his motive -- and make sure he didn't leave any explosives inside or outside the Colorado Springs building.

Bomb technicians are investigating what's believed to be the suspect's vehicle in a parking lot, a law enforcement official said.

It was not immediately clear why Planned Parenthood was the target of the shooting.



One Planned Parenthood official said the motive behind the attack was unknown, but pointed to what she called a "poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism" as a possible cause.

44-year-old officer, Garrett Swasey, who was killed by the shooter worked for the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and was on campus about 10 miles away when the shooting broke out. He went to the scene "in support of an officer under fire," the school's chancellor said in a statement.

The announcement of the suspect's arrest came nearly six hours after someone first called 911 around 11:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. ET) and reported a shooter was inside the Planned Parenthood building, which is near a shopping center and numerous offices.

For hours, police reported shootouts with the gunman, warning people to stay inside nearby businesses and seek shelter.

Planned Parenthood has been under scrutiny since an edited video suggested the organisation was selling foetal tissue.

The charges were found to have no grounds but anti-abortion campaigners and some lawmakers have called for the facility to have its funding cut off.



Source - CNN

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