A lone “active shooter” has just surrendered without incident in Colorado Springs after barricading himself inside a room at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood after wounding 4-5 police and an unknown number of other people, all apparently outside the building.
Fox News had this to say about the incident earlier this evening.
A Colorado Springs gunman who wounded at least four police officers and an unknown number of civilians in a shooting spree Friday has holed up in a Planned Parenthood building, where he is firing at police.
Lt. Catherine Buckley of the Colorado Springs Police Department told a late afternoon news conference that the gunman, described as wearing a long coat and armed with a rifle, had brought “items” with him inside the building and also left some outside and officers had to make sure they were not “any kind of devices.”
At the same time, she said police were evacuating the building and individuals could be seen running to police cars and other vehicles.
“It is not a stabilized scene,” Buckley said.
The gunman, who has not been identified, apparently began his deadly spree at the Planned Parenthood building, although it was not clear if his motive was related to the organization.
After a brief lull, he began shooting again at police, who had gotten inside the building.
I listened to the Colorado Springs Police scanner traffic for the past few hours, and can’t commend their SWAT/HRT enough for the way they were able to extract people who sheltered in place in the building as they kept the shooter pinned in position inside a single room. The man surrendered as police were about to assault his position.
Earlier reports that the man may have attempted to rob a nearby Chase Bank location and then withdrew to the Planned Parenthood appear to be erroneous.
As you may suspect, people are attempting to score cheap political points and ascribe motives to the shooter because of the controversial nature Planned Parenthood, especially in light of a stunning series of undercover videos that seemed to show the organization chopped up and sold baby parts for profit to research organizations. The simple fact of the matter remains that no one spoke to the shooter before or during the shooting and he made no known threats nor demands, so we don’t know his motives or who he is at this time.
We’ll update this story or initiate a new one as news becomes available.