Authorities Search Home of Suspected Planned Parenthood Gunman

Nov 28, 2015 3:54 PM by News Staff

(AP) - Here is the latest latest on the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado from Associated Press. (All times local): 1:40 p.m. About a dozen police vehicles and fire trucks are parked near a small white trailer in the Colorado town of Hartsel, about 60 miles west from where three people were killed in an attack at Planned Parenthood clinic. Residents of Hartsel said Saturday that the man arrested in the shooting lived in the trailer and would occasionally be seen at the town's post office. Jamie Heffelman, owner of the Highline Cafe in Hartsel, says nobody in the small, rural community knew Richard Lewis Dear because he never said much. Records show Dear purchased the property in Hartsel about a year ago. ___ 1:05 p.m. The regional head of Planned Parenthood says the man who attacked its clinic in Colorado Springs "broke in" to the clinic but didn't get past a locked door leading to the main part of the facility. After a vigil for those injured and killed on Saturday, Vicki Cowart said there was no armed security on Friday when 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear allegedly launched his attack. When asked if the clinic should have more security, Cowart said people going to a health clinic shouldn't have to walk through metal detectors. ___ 12:20 p.m. The regional head of Planned Parenthood promises to quickly reopen the Colorado Springs clinic where three people were killed and continue to offer health care services to anyone who needs them. Vicki Cowart spoke at the first of several vigils planned for victims Saturday and drew a standing ovation as she walked to the church pulpit. She said all 15 employees at the clinic survived and worked hard to make sure everyone else got into safe spaces and stayed quiet during the attack. She said the organization would learn from the attack, "square our shoulders" and carry on with its mission. After her remarks, a woman in the audience stood up and objected to the vigil becoming a "political statement" before leaving. Earlier, Rev. Nori Rost called the gunman a "domestic terrorist." In the back of the room, someone held a sign that said "Women's bodies are not battlefields. Neither is our town." ___ 11:30 a.m. At least four people injured in the shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs have been released from hospitals. Those out of the hospital as of Saturday include Ozy Licano, who was injured when the gunman fired on him in the parking lot. The other three haven't been identified. A total of nine people were hospitalized, including five police officers. Three people were killed in the attack, including a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police officer, Garrett Swasey. The other two victims haven't been publicly identified yet. ___ 10:10 a.m. The father of the police officer killed in the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting says his son loved figure skating, was a great dad and was loved by all in his department. David Swasey told the Boston Globe his son, Garrett, moved to Colorado from Massachusetts in the 1980s to pursue figure skating and won a national championship in the junior ranks. Forty-four-year-old Garrett Swasey was the first of three victims to be identified in the shootings at the clinic in Colorado Springs. Married with two children, Swasey worked as a police officer at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Swasey was originally from Melrose, Massachusetts, where Police Chief Michael Lyle said he dedicated much of his life to helping others. ___ 9:15 a.m. The mayor of Colorado Springs says authorities aren't ready to discuss a possible motive of the gunman who attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic there but says people can make "inferences from where it took place." John Suthers says investigators have interviewed 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina but says authorities still want to learn more about him, suggesting that his mental health was part of the investigation. Before being elected mayor earlier this year, Suthers served as the state's attorney general and said he investigated complaints of misconduct against Planned Parenthood. He praised the security staff working at the clinic Friday and said they were "incredibly helpful" in working with police to monitor the gunman's whereabouts on surveillance video and advising on the building's layout. ___ 8 a.m. The man who police say attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado had lived part of the time in a cabin with no electricity or running water in the North Carolina mountains. His neighbors in Black Mountain said Robert Lewis Dear kept mostly to himself. But James Russell said when Dear did talk, it was a rambling combination of a number of topics that didn't make sense together and he tended to avoid eye contact. Two topics Russell said he never heard Dear talk about were religion or abortion. Dear's cabin was a half-mile up a curvy dirt road about 15 miles west of Asheville. A cross made of twigs was nailed to the wall of the pale yellow shack on Saturday. Dear also spent time in a trailer in the nearby town of Swannanoa. ___ 7:30 a.m. President Barack Obama says the Planned Parenthood shootings show the urgent need "to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons on war" for "people who have no business wielding them." "Enough is enough," Obama says in a statement a day after a gunman killed three people at a Colorado clinic. Obama says it's not known what motivated the shooter, but it's clear "more Americans and their families had fear forced upon them" - and that, the president says, "is not normal. We can't let it become normal." He says if "we truly care about this - if we're going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience," then America must make it harder to get guns. ___ 7:20 a.m. Police have identified the suspect in an attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs as Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina. The 6-foot-4-inch man was taken into custody Friday after an hourslong standoff and shootout. Jail booking records indicate that Dear is due in court on Monday. No other details about the suspect were immediately available, including whether he had any connection to Planned Parenthood. Police say three people, including an officer, were killed in the attack. Lt. Catherine Buckley said Saturday that the items that Dear brought to the scene are "no longer a threat." She wouldn't say what the items were or why they were no longer a threat. Buckley says investigators expect to study the crime scene for several days. go


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