Friday, November 27, 2015

Active shooting in vicinity of Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. Update!

Courtesy of ABC News:  

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.


Update 2: So yes as I mentioned in the comments the shooter is now in custody: 

"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. 


  1. Anonymous1:04 PM

    Funny how these violent gun events happen so frequently in towns that are predominantly fundigelical christian. Guns, god and babies go hand in hand, am i right?


    1. Anonymous6:22 PM

      This is rich (snark)
      "Local Armed Citizen Approached Police At Planned Parenthood Shooting Site Offering To 'Help'"
      Oh FFS!!! So the police can't do their job without some armed yahoo?
      2nd amendment needs to be amended out of exsistance (sp) is retarded. now! except for .22 rifles and limited hunting rifles. The rest MELT DOWN!

    2. Anonymous6:32 PM

      Officer killed

  2. Anonymous1:09 PM


    Or, unfortunately, rather believable given the current rhetoric of so-called "pro lifers." Pro-life? What a joke.

  3. Anonymous1:14 PM

    Another white thug mass shooter, just what is going on in the white culture that creates these monsters?

    1. Anonymous2:29 PM

      Fundamentalist Christian Religion is what's creating these ignorant, hateful monsters.

    2. Anonymous5:21 PM

      Quickly a RW meme developed (white shooter with Ak-47) that is was a "Failed bank robbery of a chase bank" uh huh.
      Oh and here is another White fat fuck shoot waitress in the head for her asking him not to smoke!
      Early reports are calling the abortion clinic Domestic terrorist but not our intrepid MSM grow some fucking cajones!!!
      I am so fucking sick of this and trump and RW Blah, blah, blah!
      POTUS needs to clamp down on this. Executive order.I don't care. Clamp down on handguns and reinstate the assault weapon ban would be nice.

  4. Anonymous1:15 PM

    Yep, just another skirmish in the war on women. Pro-life, my ass!!!!!!!!!

  5. Anonymous1:18 PM

    Colorado Springs is a hotbed of militant Christian supremacists.

    A small percentage of those groups feel that murdering others is their "pro life" calling , and justify it from their bible.

    If this turns out to be yet another Christian Terrorist, it will be just like the dozens of other cases in the last 10 years of bombing health clinics, killing abortion doctors, and shooting innocent victims who happened to be visiting that day.

    If this was a Muslim in a head scarf, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz would be screaming bloody murder, but as it is you won't hear a single word from them.

    Any death inside a Planned Parenthood office is a good thing, unless you aren't born yet, and that's what they call bible based pro-life doctrine.

  6. Anonymous1:36 PM

    Sounds like an open and shut case of Xian domestic terrorism to me.

  7. Anonymous1:47 PM

    Oh goody. Another shooting in my state. Sigh.

  8. Anonymous1:57 PM

    Shooter could be Track ....

    1. Anonymous2:13 PM

      STFU! You're an idiot for posting that! Gryphen, please remove the post above!

    2. Yes they are an idiot for posting that.

      However removing it will not let them know how stupid they are.

      Feedback from their betters might.

    3. Anonymous2:57 PM

      OK, I will weigh in...idiot!

    4. OK, let's not start taking ourselves too seriously here. The Brancy blog and idiot mother have been spreading this PP hate plenty and Track is no angel, those are facts.

      The person posting meant it as half a joke (I think) and it's really not that big of a deal, is it?

    5. Furthermore, the only thing I know is it wasn't me. So the chances of it being the idiot's son are still better than winning the lottery. Until now....He's in custody!

    6. Anonymous4:04 PM

      I don't think he was an idiot for posting that at all Gryphen.
      After all, Track Palin is a white man with a beard and certainly fit the description that was first given on many sites ( including yours).

    7. Anonymous4:27 PM

      The person posting meant it as half a joke (I think) and it's really not that big of a deal, is it?
      Only as big a deal, and about as stupid, as blaming President Obama for everything. And calling it half a joke is flattery.


    8. Anonymous5:42 PM

      4:04 You are also an idiot. Collect your prize in the douche aisle at your nearest CVS store.

  9. I want to know if the regular protesters didn't show up today. Like...did they know in advance this was going to happen?

  10. Anonymous2:23 PM

    CS is my home town. I doubt if the nuts were protesting today as it's about 20 degrees outside. This was always a conservative community but once Focus on the Family & the 100's of other "Christian" organizations moved here it's become a intolerant, racist, homophobic cesspool.

    1. Anonymous3:58 PM

      Yes there were prolife protesters there today( your hometown or not).

    2. Maple4:29 PM

      Please. They are NOT pro-life, they are anti-abortionists. In fact, they are the furthest thing from "pro-life". It's long past time that the term they prefer is put in the toilet bowl where it belongs.

    3. Anonymous4:56 PM

      Not anti abortion, anti-choice and anti-woman. I am anti-abortion the way I am anti-heart bypass surgery. There are so many ways to prevent and keep at bay the necessity for bypass, as there are so many ways to prevent unintended pregnancies, which is why I am a contributor to Planned Parenthood. I belwive abortions, like bypass surgery should be safe, legal and rare.

    4. Anonymous8:03 PM

      3:58, oh you were there?

    5. Anonymous9:16 PM

      @ anon
      8:03 pm
      No, I just know how to read news accounts of what happened, try it some time.

  11. Anonymous2:49 PM

    David Bowie was right in 1997. I'm afraid of Americans

  12. Anonymous3:00 PM

    Who is Gigi Graciette and why should we believe her tweets? Is she police? Media? Please provide her credentials.

    1. Anonymous3:18 PM

      You do know how to move that little arrow thingy around and click on things, right?

    2. Anonymous3:31 PM


      Thanks to your pithy comment I have leftover pecan pie on my keyboard. lol

  13. New reports are coming that the gunman has surrendered.

  14. Anonymous3:05 PM

    The other night, on Rachel Maddow's show, I believe, she said they've resurrected "Operation Rescue", The organization of brainless rwnj's that got Abortion Providers killed. They have a website with clinics, names and addresses of doctors and a database of gun stores.
    This accomplishes nothing but innocent killing for legal activity. The father of someone inside, not clear if she works there or was a patient, got a frantic call from his daughter, then she hurriedly said she had to hang up out of fear he'd hear her and find where she was hiding.
    This could happen anywhere, at any time and without warning. I hope they catch the perp and send him straight to jail, Actually I could think of worse treatment, but I can't bring myself to put them into words. As of 7 pm eastern time, he's still loose and PP is still under siege.

  15. Anonymous3:05 PM

    I guess right-wing Christian extremists don't have it together to manage to have cognitive dissonance. They truly believe it's OK to murder those they don't agree with and use capital punishment but a woman having a legal abortion of a fertilized egg is 'murder'????? No matter that it's likely many this dude shot weren't even there for an abortion. I abhor religious extremists. The US certainly has it's share and by George...most claim to be Christian. The rabid, sicko fear of Muslims and the extreme interpretation of the 2nd Amendment fit right in with these folks with their inability to look at our many issues in a balanced way. Bizarre!

    1. Anonymous8:12 PM

      Fascinating. I have out-of-state relatives (out of Alaska) who are tea bagger RWNJ's and are running for state-wide positions in other states. I follow their Twitter accounts. Fascinating. it's radio silence regarding this particular RWNJ and his MURDER of innocent victims. These crazy loons totally don't see any other perspective than their RWNJ Christian and 2nd Amendment crap and are so poorly read that they believe only the RWNJ news from outlets like FOX, Breitbart, Newsmax, etc.

    2. Anonymous10:59 AM

      That particular Planned Parenthood doesn't even provide abortions, so this so-called "pro-lifer" actually murdered women going in there for prenatal care.

  16. Anonymous4:46 PM

    And of course since he is a white guy, he is still breathing and will wake up tomorrow-unlike the outcome if he had been black or brown. Every channel is running this story as breaking news with the exception of guess which one?? Disgraceful .

    1. Good. They can use advanced interrogation techniques to pump him dry. Then go after those that fueled his killing spree. Charge them with manslaughter.

      Would love to see all the right wing hate mongerers in the dock trying to explain how their rhetoric had nothing to do with setting off this whacko.

  17. Anonymous5:10 PM

    3 deaths, 2 civilians and one police officer.

  18. Dinty5:48 PM

    White man with a beard and an AK-47 shooting people indiscriminately. This is your brain on right-wing rhetoric.

    Bet he would rail on about black lives matter protesters, despite the fact that he himself has murdered a law enforcement officer.

    1. Anonymous8:00 PM

      Robert Lewis Dear, 59, Christian Republican family values guy.

    2. Explain to me again why a civilian is allowed to own an AK47.

      Exactly what kind of game to you hunt with that sort of weapon?

      Besides humans I mean.

      I long for the day the NRA has to answer for all of the lives lost by their lobbying and influence.

    3. Anonymous6:35 AM

      I long for the day when churches are held responsible for the hate and violence they incite.

  19. Anonymous5:57 PM

    I tuned in CNN because they listed The '60s as the scheduled programming. Since I'm old, I'm a sucker for that stuff. I was surprised to find live, on scene coverage of The PP shooting, so I stuck with it.

    After getting caught up on the current events, I checked to see what the other cable news outlets. MSNBC is still doing Lockup Raw, but Fox is way over the top. They had Geraldo Rivera talking about a decade old killing spree by a black man in Atlanta, then a woman who was involved with the man who did the killing and has been "saved" since that day, and now Tony Perkins discussing the case and how god belongs in the public square.

    This is all on The Kelly File. The only mention of the PP incident is an occasional headline on the chyron.

  20. Anonymous6:51 PM

    I think this blows a hole in the default response from gun thumpers who always say

    "This wouldn't have happened if the victims were armed"

    Guess what, this cop was armed. God help him.

  21. No need to wait for him to spew out his reasoning. RWNJ, Talibangelical, Dominionist freak show.

    Why anyone would be terrified of Near Eastern Jihadists in this country is a puzzle. We have many more white bible thumpers who are bent on killing anyone who disagrees with their theocratic beliefs.

  22. Anonymous6:59 PM

    Fox News did everything they could to not show or say that the shooter attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic. It was really ridiculous.

  23. Anonymous7:06 PM

    Well perhaps we should consider implementing a darabase of white, male christians. (Sarcasm)

    1. At the very least, a database of all those involved with such domestic terrorist organizations such as "Operation Rescue" and it's like. Full info and photos and put them on a domestic terrorist list. That way every time such an incident happens, you know where to start.

  24. Anonymous7:44 PM

    "Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to stir up random lone wolves to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable."

    1. That's what we've got, all right.

      Had no idea there was a word for it.

    2. Anonymous6:34 AM

      Lone wolf? Or just a one person attack from an organized domestic terrorist organization?

  25. Why am I not surprised that this guy isn't dead in the street--he wasn't the right color for dying.

    Domestic terrorism and RWNJ seem to be synonymous.

  26. Anonymous7:18 AM

    Amazingly enough, no cop was so fearful of his or her life that the shooter is dead. Astounding presence of mind on the part of the police...or something...

  27. Robert Lewis Dear. 57 year old white nutjob who lives in North Carolina but also has an off the grid cabin the found decorated with a cross made of twigs.

    He's had run in with neighbors before and several arrests and other legal run ins. Peeping Tom. Animal cruelty.

    They can't find an online presence in social media (but then *I* don't do Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest either.)

    Even if he didn't pick up his nutjob ideas from the internet I'll bet he had a radio.

    What I don't get is how he came to target *this* Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs. (There is speculation it was a botched bank robbery.)


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