Police in Colorado Springs, Co. responded early this afternoon to a shooting near a strip mall.
KOAA-TV reported three officers and multiple civilians injured and that the SWAT team is looking for a shooter.
Colorado Springs police released information indicating that the shooting took place on Centennial Blvd. Traffic is shut down near the area. Police warned earlier that the area was not secure and that those nearby should, ‘shelter in place.’
A witness to the police SWAT team activity was near a Planned Parenthood location but the incident is not yet connected in any way to the controversial women’s reproductive clinic. The witness indicated that there is also a bank and grocery store nearby but neither is believed to be associated to the ongoing situation.
One officer at the scene reported that a gunman shot out the back window of a police cruiser. The shooter is described as wearing a long coat with a hunting-style hat.
The shooter was detained at 4:52 p.m. after a five hour standoff.
Three people were killed and nine others injured in what is now confirmed to be a shooting at the Planned Parenthood location in Colorado Springs, Co. None of the employees at the clinic were injured.
Five of the injured people were police officers and one of the people shot to death was a police officer who worked for the University of Colorado Springs. The slain officer responded to the scene which is about 10 minutes from the campus
There is no indication yet if Planned Parent was the target of the shooting or if the target was chosen randomly. The shooter is said to have admitted that he acted alone and was carrying a “long gun,” presumably a rifle. The weapon has not been positively identified at this time nor has the shooters motive.
Lt. Catherine Buckley of the Colorado Springs Police department reported that the shooter carried items into the facility. Those items have not been identified as yet.
During the standoff, roughly 24 people were evacuated from the building. Sporadic gunfire was exchanged during the evacuation.
The gunman did not make demands or contact police officers for several hours after entering the clinic at around noon. Officers were able to get close enough to the shooter to shout at him and eventually convinced the man to surrender. Gunfire was exchanged throughout the day between police and the shooter.