COLORADO SPRINGS — A gun battle erupted inside a Planned Parenthood center here on Friday when a man armed with an assault-style rifle opened fire at the clinic and began shooting at officers as they rushed to the scene. The authorities reported that three people were killed, a police officer and two civilians, and nine were wounded before the suspect finally surrendered more than five hours after the first shots were fired.
“The perpetrator is in custody,” Mayor John Suthers said at an evening news conference. “There is a huge crime scene that has to be processed,” he said, “and we have to determine how many victims there are.”
Before the authorities announced the deaths, the police were going room to room to clear the Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday night and the conditions of those wounded were not immediately known. Lieutenant Buckley said the gunman had brought several suspicious items to the clinic, and investigators were trying to determine whether they were explosives. Later in the evening the Colorado attorney general referred to a “tragic loss of life” and the police union said that one officer had died.
The encounter could be heard in transfixing detail on the police scanner, with authorities describing how they had driven a BearCat armored vehicle into the Planned Parenthood building, smashing through two sets of doors into the lobby and rescuing some of those inside.
“We’re exchanging gunfire,” one officer said on the radio, “We are trying to keep him pinned down.
Safety is a continual fear at clinics that provide abortion services. Most protestors are harmless, God-fearing people, except the ones who aren’t harmless. Every once in a while one of these domestic terrorists slips through and someone gets hurt or killed.
Zealots don’t sort out reality. Killing sentient human beings in the name or pro-life just makes no sense. Yet that is the rationale behind many of these clinic killings. Injuring clinic workers and volunteers is also justified. Most of the bad behavior isn’t done in front of the police. Much of law enforcement has gone blind to these kinds of atrocities because they have been called out so many time for penny-ante annoyances.
Three people have been killed–2 civilians and one police officer. 9 were injured, 5 of those being police officers. There is simply no excuse or reason for this kind of domestic terrorism. Make no mistake–this incident was domestic terrorism, regardless of government claims.