(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — At least two people are dead, including one police officer, in the shooting that took place at the Planned Parenthood building in Colorado Springs, Colo., today. The gunman has been detained, according to the Colorado Springs police department, and 11 individuals, including five police officers, have been wounded.
The “active shooter” situation at the Planned Parenthood building lasted for roughly five hours Friday afternoon. Police said the number of casualties are unknown and the conditions of the 11 people who were shot have not been publicly released.
Colorado Springs Lt. Catherine Buckely said that police have not identified the name of the shooter. The suspect, a male, had brought “items” with him into the Planned Parenthood building. Police said they do not know what the items were.
The standoff came to an end when police officers were able to gain entry to the building and began shouting to communicate with the suspect, Buckley said. It was then that officers got “him to surrender and he was taken into custody” at 4:52 p.m. local time, Buckley added.
Police are still working to clear the Planned Parenthood building and said they are treating it “as a crime scene.” Officials are also working to help anyone in the surrounding buildings who set up barricades during the standoff.
“This is still very much unfolding for us,” Buckley said.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper released the following statement: “We hold the Colorado Springs community in our thoughts and prayers. The bravery and courage of local law enforcement officers have prevented a dire situation from being far worse, and we are all grateful. We are in contact with Mayor Suthers. All state Public Safety resources are at the ready, if and when needed.”
President Obama was briefed on the shooting, a White House official confirmed, and the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are assisting in the investigation.
Police initially responded to a call of shots fired in the Planned Parenthood at 11:38 a.m. local time. The shooter had a “long gun” of some type. Police said there was just one suspect.
In a statement, Planned Parenthood said: “At this time, our concern is for the safety of our patients, staff and law enforcement. This is a developing situation, and we’ll continue to share updates as we have them,” according to Vicki Cowart, the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain.
Police said the connection between the shooting and Planned Parenthood was not clear.
Cops have asked residents to avoid the area near Centennial Boulevard and West Fillmore Street. They also tweeted that a stretch of Centennial Boulevard, from Garden of Gods Road to Fillmore, has been closed in both directions.
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