PLANNED PARENTHOOD UNDER ATTACK IN COLORADO
Temecula, CA - At least four police officers have been shot and multiple civilians have been injured in an ongoing active shooter situation at a Colorado Springs branch of Planned Parenthood on Friday afternoon.
"This is still a very active situation," Colorado Springs Police Lt. Catherine Buckley said.
By 2:45 p.m., five people injured in the incident had been transported to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The spokeswoman did not know the patients' condition or whether they were police officers or civilians.
Three more victims were taken to Memorial Hospital, according to a spokesman there.
A SWAT truck was seen evacuating people from the clinic. In one run, first responders unloaded an apparently injured person onto a gurney. In another run, people wrapped in blankets and others wearing hospital scrubs climbed out of the truck and into waiting patrol cars, which then drove away from the scene.
At 2:15, the police department reported on Twitter that officers were "encountering gunfire" from a suspect inside the Planned Parenthood building. The gunman has not made any demands or made any statements to officers, Buckley said. She said initial reports described his weapon as a long gun, such as a rifle.
"We do not know about this person's mentality or ideology," Buckley said.
Buckley said the first call for service came at 11:38 a.m. and came from the Planned Parenthood address. The branch is located at 3480 Centennial Blvd., just north of West Fillmore Street.
Mr. J. Motolinia said his sister is in the clinic, and he talked to her by phone about 1:30 p.m. She was at the clinic for an appointment and was hiding under a table and was only able to talk briefly.
"She was very afraid," he said.
While she was talking, he could hear gunfire in the background and after about two minutes, his sister hung up on him.
"She was telling me to take care of her babies," he said. "I heard some shots so people were in there shooting for sure."
At a news conference at about 1:30 on Friday afternoon, Buckley said police cannot confirm where the shooter is located and said the situation is "very active." She said officers didn't yet know for sure whether there was a single shooter or multiple gunmen.
She said police have "brought all of our resources to bear" to the situation.
Earlier, Colorado Springs police Commander Kirk Wilson told media at the scene that police were having trouble getting officers to the shooting area.
"We haven't been able to get in the scene yet," he said.
Cathy Alderman, vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said the situation was fluid and the organization had little information to go on.
"We're monitoring the situation live like everyone else," she said. "Obviously the safety of our patients and staff is our greatest concern. We're hoping for the best."
Alderman was not sure yet if everyone associated with the clinic was safe.
"We believe people are sheltered in place, but we don't know all that for sure yet." she said.
A photo from the scene showed officers in the area hiding behind their vehicles with their weapons drawn. SWAT officers have been called to the scene.
Colorado Springs police have shut down Centennial Boulevard between Garden of the Gods Road and Fillmore Street. Some businesses in the area are being evacuated. Patrons and workers at a nearby shopping center have been told to shelter in place.
"We were looking out the window and we had an officer wave us back inside," said Brigitte Wolfe, who works at Jun Japanese Restaurant next door. "They have everything blocked off."
Wolfe said there are roughly a dozen police vehicles at the scene. She said officers have guns drawn and are facing the Planned Parenthood branch.
An employee who answered the phone at a nearby King Soopers said a few dozen customers were locked inside under police orders, but she had not seen a shooter or any other violence across the parking lot from the Planned Parenthood building.
"Everybody here is safe," she said, declining to give her name. "That's all I know, but I'm in the back right now."
This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.
Staff writers Elizabeth Hernandez and Joey Bunch of the Denver Post – Story source
Update! - Shooter has surrendered, and not being in Chicago, black, or a teenager, the shooter wasn't shot 16 times. Transfer all Chicago cops to Colorado, plus they're used to the cold. Just saying.