On what started out as a relaxing day after Thanksgiving, tragedy broke in Colorado Springs, CO, yesterday.
Here’s the report from The Washington Post:
A suspect is in police custody following an hours-long shooting standoff at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, where at least one police officer and two civilians were killed Friday.
“The perpetrator is in custody,” Mayor John Suthers declared just after 5 p.m. Mountain time — more than five hours after an active shooter was first reported at the health-care clinic, spawning confusion that lasted through the afternoon over whether the gunman was at large or holed up at the medical facility with staff and patients.
Police were trying to determine the suspect’s identity and his motive after his capture at the clinic. They said the man was armed with a long gun and also brought into the building several “items” that could have been explosive devices.
Police described the gunman as a stocky, bearded white male wearing a trench coat.
Besides the three deaths, at least four other police officers and five civilians were injured. Authorities said those individuals were all in good condition.
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs said the officer who was killed was Garrett Swasey, 44, who had been with the department for six years and responded to the initial reports of an active shooter.
President Obama was briefed on the situation, a White House official said. Local police were joined at the scene by state investigators and federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI.
Health centers associated with Planned Parenthood have been the target of threats and violence because of the organization’s role in providing abortions and lobbying for reproductive rights. Abortion rights groups say threats against abortion providers rose sharply this summer in the wake of an undercover “sting” mounted by an antiabortion group that filmed one of its videos at a clinic in Denver.
So far, no news has been released regarding any group affiliation to the shooter.
It is indeed tragic that lives were lost in this attack on Planned Parenthood, and the organization will use this tragedy to garner support and sympathy through the media. But we must remember that Planned Parenthood takes the lives of innocents every day, and that knowledge should temper our sympathy for the pro-death agency.
It is important for Christian pro-life groups to show love for the women who seek abortions, and that is why hundreds of pro-life pregnancy centers are on mission to keep babies alive and to educate women about what abortion really does to a baby. As pro-life advocates move forward, we must show our support for the victims of today’s shooting in Colorado while still standing firm against the actions of Planned Parenthood itself.