On Friday, a gunman opened fire inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The gunman is now is custody following an hours-long standoff with the police.
According to Colorado Springs Police Lt. Catherine Buckley, three people were killed during the shooting. One of them was a police officer from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police department. Nine people were wounded. Planned Parenthood stated that all its staff at the clinic are safe.
According to ABC News, the slain police officer was identified as Garrett Swasey. The other two victims have not been identified. It is not known whether the Planned Parenthood clinic was the intended target.
The suspect, Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina, surrendered after the police made verbal contact with him. His motivations remain unknown.
NPR reports that police in Denver and New York are reportedly increasing their presence at Planned Parenthood clinics as a precaution.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richard made a statement following the tragic event. She said:
“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.”