Gunman Said 'No More Baby Parts': Report

Accused Planned Parenthood shooter was politically motivated: source
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2015 9:07 AM CST
Gunman Said 'No More Baby Parts': Report
People hold candles at a vigil on University of Colorado-Colorado Springs' campus for those killed in Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The man being held in Friday's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood talked about "no more baby parts" and President Obama after his arrest, reports the Washington Post, citing an anonymous law enforcement official, who contends that the attack was "definitely politically motivated." But sources tell NBC News, which first reported the "baby parts" comment, that Robert Lewis Dear said many things following his arrest. A former neighbor says Dear "was really strange and out there, but I never thought he would do any harm." NBC notes that while nothing in Dear's past would have prevented him from legally buying a firearm, he had been charged with domestic violence against his then-wife in 1997, and with being a Peeping Tom on a neighbor.

That the attack was politically motivated is a sentiment echoed by the president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, who says in a statement that "eyewitness accounts" confirm that Dear was "was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion." Police have not yet confirmed a motive, notes the AP, and the investigation is ongoing. Dear is due in court Monday; he's currently being held without bond. (More Planned Parenthood stories.)

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