Police have released a photo of the man arrested for allegedly shooting three people to death and wounding nine other folks in an attack on a Colorado loved ones preparing centre.
Robert Lewis Dear, 57, from south Carolina is being questioned by police of Colorado Springs, who are nonetheless trying to determine the motive for yesterday’s attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic.
President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned the attack, saying “adequate was sufficient”.
Two civilians and a police officer had been allegedly killed by the gunman, who surrendered right after a 5-hour stand off with police.
The dead policeman was identified as Garrett Swasey, 44, a campus officer at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs who had raced to the scene of the shooting.
The gunman entered the clinic with what police described as a “extended weapon” and opened fire from a window.
A number of news reports, which includes CNN, said the attacker appeared to be armed with an AK-47-variety rifle.
Colorado police chief Peter Carey stated the circumstance was heartbreaking.
“I was capable to invest a small bit of time at many of the hospitals with our injured officers as well as some of the victims of this factor,” he stated.
“All I can say is my heart’s broken. This is a genuinely actually hard circumstance for a lot of men and women in our neighborhood and the community at big.”
It is nonetheless unclear whether or not the clinic was the shooter’s target.
Abortion is 1 of a lot of solutions Planned Parenthood supplies for girls, and the association has become a lightning rod for criticism by social conservatives.
Sufficient is adequate: Obama
The attack, one day after Americans celebrated the Thanksgiving vacation, is the most recent incident to shine a spotlight on gun violence in the US.
Mr Obama used the incident to highlight the need to have for higher gun handle.
“We have to do one thing about the simple accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to individuals who have no company wielding them. Period,” Mr Obama stated in a statement.
Former FBI specific agent Steve Moore told CNN the shooter’s motivations are clear.
“Well it seems to me to have all of the ear marks of a domestic terrorism attack,” he said.
“You have a prospective political target. You have an abortion clinic and … I imply, it really is practically like if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it’s going to be a duck. It positive seems to be domestic terrorism.”
‘I looked at him and then the shots came by means of the glass’
Survivor Ozy Licano was sitting in a parked truck outside the Planned Parenthood building where the attack occurred.
“I attempted to get out of my auto and run and I believed about that and I mentioned no. And I got back into the auto, started it, place it in reverse, started backing out, and then he was in front of me,” Mr Licano mentioned.
“And he was aiming at me, and I just hit the gas. And he started shooting, and I was searching at his face.
“I believe I had 10 seconds, 5 to 10 seconds to look at him, and then the shots came via the glass and then I began bleeding.”
ABC and wires
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