2 Civilians, 1 Officer Dead in Shooting at Planned Parenthood

Suspect is in custody
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2015 1:19 PM CST
Updated Nov 27, 2015 8:14 PM CST

(Newser) – An active shooting situation at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic is over, but two civilians and one police officer are dead, the Denver Post reports. Several others were wounded, but the severity of their injuries wasn't known, reports AP. Police were seen leading one male suspect out of the clinic in handcuffs at 4:50pm local, but have provided no details about him or his motive. The police department tweeted around 2:15pm local time that officers were "encountering gunfire," and CNN later reported the Planned Parenthood was being evacuated; KRDO reported that there were "hostages" who were being "rescued."

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The gunman brought unspecified items into the clinic, and authorities were still investigating whether they were explosives. "We don't know what they are," a police spokesperson 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." A local shopping center was also on lockdown. The shooting started more than five hours before the suspect was arrested. "There's no continuing peril to the citizens of Colorado Springs," said Mayor John Suthers. "But there's a huge crime scene that has to be processed. We have to determine exactly how many victims there are." (Read more shooting stories.)

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