UPDATE (7:20 p.m.) – A law enforcement official says the suspect in the attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic made a comment about “no more baby parts” after his arrest.
The official could not elaborate about the comment. Planned Parenthood said in a statement Saturday that witnesses said the gunman was motivated by his opposition to abortion.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation. Police have not disclosed a motive for the attack.
ORIGINAL STORY – Police have identified the suspect in an attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs as Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina.
The 6-foot-4-inch man was taken into custody Friday after an hours-long standoff and shootout. Jail booking records indicate that Dear is due in court on Monday.
No other details about the suspect were immediately available, including whether he had any connection to Planned Parenthood. Police say three people, including an officer, were killed in the attack.
Lt. Catherine Buckley said Saturday that the items that Dear brought to the scene are “no longer a threat.” She wouldn’t say what the items were or why they were no longer a threat.
Buckley says investigators expect to study the crime scene for several days.
The mayor of Colorado Springs says authorities aren’t ready to discuss a possible motive of the gunman but says people can make “inferences from where it took place.”
John Suthers says investigators have interviewed 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina but says authorities still want to learn more about him, suggesting that his mental health was part of the investigation.
Before being elected mayor earlier this year, Suthers served as the state’s attorney general and said he investigated complaints of misconduct against Planned Parenthood. He praised the security staff working at the clinic Friday and said they were “incredibly helpful” in working with police to monitor the gunman’s whereabouts on surveillance video and advising on the building’s layout.
At least four people injured in the shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs have been released from hospitals.
Those out of the hospital as of Saturday include Ozy Licano, who was injured when the gunman fired on him in the parking lot. The other three haven’t been identified.
A total of nine people were hospitalized, including five police officers.
Three people were killed in the attack, including a University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer, Garrett Swasey. The other two victims haven’t been publicly identified yet.