Three officers were shot near a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood in what police are describing as an "active shooter" situation, officials said.
After saying earlier that the shooter had been "contained," police said they could not confirm where the suspect is, according to Lt. Catherine Buckley of the Colorado Springs PD.
They were actively searching from building to building and encountered gunfire around 2:30 p.m. local time.
It was not clear how seriously the officers were injured and police said there may be more victims.
This is a developing situation so as we all know there will be more information forthcoming, and the number of casualties and degree of injuries will change several times.
Here is more courtesy of the Mirror:
The gunman who walked into the clinic around noon and began opening fire, KKTV reports. There were also reportedly armed security guards.
“Rounds are coming through the window,” one police officer told the dispatcher on the police scanner, USA Today reported.
It is also too early to make any determinations as to the reasons behind the shooting, but if you have been reading the news, of simply reading here at IM, I am sure you have the same suspicions that I have.
CBS News reported that a witness who works near the abortion clinic says there are up to 10 pro-life protestors outside the site most days.
The organization that runs the clinic has been threatened with arson and cyber attacks in the past.
I am going to be surprised if this is not related to those doctored videos in some way.
BREAKING: Suspect is white male with beard, wearing trench-coat and appears to be armed with an AK-47 + other weapons. #ColoradoSprings— Gigi Graciette (@GigiGraciette) November 27, 2015
Update 2: So yes as I mentioned in the comments the shooter is now in custody:BREAKING: Several - possibly as many as 7 - #ColoradoSprings hostages just rescued. Shooter remains active inside building.— Gigi Graciette (@GigiGraciette) November 27, 2015
"The perpetrator is in custody. The situation has been resolved. There's no continuing peril to the citizens of Colorado Springs," Mayor John Suthers told reporters Friday. "But there's a huge crime scene that has to be processed. We have to determine exactly how many victims there are. We'll be reporting on that in the near future."
Eleven people have been transported to local hospitals, according to Colorado Springs Police Lt. Catherine Buckley. Five of those transported are police officers from various responding agencies, Buckley said.
At least right now nobody is reporting that there were any deaths as a result of this attack, which as we know is just about the best outcome that one can expect from a situation like this.
Update 3: Well I spoke too soon:
Three people -- two civilians and one police officer -- were killed in Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, police said.
I imagine that since the shooter is alive, that sometime tomorrow, or later in the week, we will hear what his motivation was for this senseless act, and why he changed his mind about setting off his explosives.