Two individuals and a police officer were killed in a shooting that occurred Friday at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado, according to The New York Times.
The shooting was in Colorado Springs and injured 9 other people. It started at about 1:30 p.m. ET and lasted around six hours in a standoff with police.
People in the nearby buildings were on lockdown for hours, including in a shopping center close by. Police told them to take shelter wherever they were located during the shooting.
The suspect is in custody has been identified as 59-year-old Robert Lewis Dear. His motives are unclear at this time and it is unknown if the clinic was his intended target.
Police are now investigating several objects that the suspect brought into the clinic to see if they are explosives. His car is also being examined.
The police officer killed was identified as Garrett Swasey, who worked on the University of Colorado police force for the past six years.
This event has come soon after a controversy from Planned Parenthood that involved videos of officials from the organization discussing the use of fetal organs for research.
The controversy has led to a bill in Congress that will defund Planned Parenthood for at least the next year. This bill, according to the text, can be cited as the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015.” It passed The U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 241 representatives supporting the bill on September 18 of this year. If the bill passes the Senate vote and is signed by the president, it becomes law.
At the moment, police do not know of any connection between the controversy and the shooting.
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On Thursday, October 1, nine people were murdered when a 26-year-old opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon before killing himself in a shootout with police. Another nine people were wounded.
The latest incident at Umpqua Community College in Oregon has fallen under the spotlight over the last week as some Americans nationwide question whether a number of these victims could be considered martyrs for their Christian faith.
“He had us get up one by one and asked us what our religions were,” stated survivor Anastasia Boylan in an interview with ABC News. “The shooter said (to a victim) that he would only feel the pain for a couple of seconds and that he would be with God soon, and then he shot him.”
After Boylan had been shot in the back near her spine, she laid on the ground and pretended to be dead. She could hear everything in her surroundings as nine of those around her were killed at the hands of the killer. During the ABC interview, Boylan mentions how the 26-year-old was laughing as he was shooting his victims.
“He sounded really deranged because he said that he had been waiting to do that for a very long time, and then he laughed,” remembered Boylan.
Panama City Beach has banned drinking alcohol on the beach following a shooting on March 27 that left seven injured. Around 1 a.m., police were called to a house party where they found victims inside and outside of the house. Three of the victims were students from Alabama A&M University who were visiting for Spring Break.
Social media was abuzz this past weekend with a powerful video from rapper Prince AE. The St. Louis native is filmed making a speech addressing the conflicts in Ferguson. AE claims that society can only change when we examine our thoughts and cultural beliefs, which we’ve been fed from outside influences.
“We have been brain washed with conditioned thoughts,” says the rapper.
“Thoughts that we have died over, killed over, fought over. But we gotta question them.”
EA tells viewers to open a history book, because history shows us that man has struggled with the same issues since our beginnings. Race, violence, war, politics; none of these things have been the solution to our problems.
After giving some spiritual advice on how to discover what truly matters, EA finished by saying, “man-kind has the opportunity to transform into kind-men.”
Since posting the video up on Facebook, over 16 million people have viewed the video, says EA. Popular website WorldStarHipHop.com also posted the video on their front page. The video can be seen here: