|One of several shooting victims is taken for medical attention in Colorado|
Now they have graduated to murder.
|A picture taken as police arrested the Planned Parenthood murderer|
Just after noon local time 59-year-old Robert Lewis Dear opened fire with an AK-47 rifle inside Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that left three people dead and nine others injured.
One police officer and two civilians were killed, and 9 others were injured, during the 5 hour standoff.
Though the police arrive quickly their progress in securing the building was slowed by the fact that the gunman brought "items" into the clinic that the officers believed could have contained booby traps or explosives.
After watching live feeds from surveillance cameras mounted inside negotiators were able to establish voice contact with the shooter and finally, after exchanging gunfire several times, finally convinced him to surrender.
The Colorado Springs clinic has been the target of repeated protests by anti-abortion activists, and in recent years moved to new quarters and contained a "safe room" that very well might have saved many lives.
While police declined to discuss the gunman's motivations the president of the Rocky Mountains chapter of Planned Parenthood, Vicki Cowart, suggested a climate of rancor surrounding abortion in the United States sets the stage for such violence.
"We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country,"
Cecile Richards, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, released a statement Friday evening.
“Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the brave law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm's way in Colorado Springs. We are profoundly grateful for their heroism in helping to protect all women, men and young people as they access basic health care in this country.”
The National Abortion Federation has been compiling statistics on incidents of violence and disruption against abortion providers since 1977. Here is a summary of their violence statistics which you can please download HERE
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