Police in Colorado Springs are identifying the suspected shooter in a recent attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Officers allege 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear burst into the clinic on Friday and opened fire, killing a police officer and two civilians. Nine other people were treated for injuries following a five-hour standoff following the shooting. At least four of those injured have since been released from hospital.
The mayor of Colorado Springs, John Suthers, says charges are pending, and authorities aren’t ready to discuss the gunman’s motive, but suggests the public can make “inferences from where it took place.”
The clinic has been targeted in the past by anti-abortion activists. The clinic has also been under fire recently as several Republican-controlled states tried to cut the group’s funding as the result of an anti-abortion group releasing video it alleging the illegal sale of fetal tissue. The claims have yet to be proven, and are currently under investigation.
Following the shooting, Planned Parenthood released a statement saying it did not know the full circumstances or motives behind the attack, or whether the organization was the target.
“We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust,” says Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains.