A witness to a shooting at a Planned Parenthood contraceptive clinic in Colorado Springs describes the ordeal, says ''I just don’t know what possessed him.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Ozy Licano, a witness to Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, says he was waiting in his vehicle for an acquaintance in front of the clinic when a gunman opened fire with a rifle in a shooting that left left three people dead and nine others injured. "Five seconds we stared at each other, and in that five second period those bullet holes went right through my windshield," Licano told reporters. The dead included one police officer and two civilians, Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey told reporters about an hour after the suspect had been captured. All nine surviving victims - five police officers and four civilians - were listed in good condition at area hospitals, Carney said. The suspect first engaged in a gun battle with police but ultimately surrendered to officers inside the building about five hours after the start of the violence, which played out under a steady snowfall in Colorado's second-largest city. A Reuters photographer at the scene saw a man in a white T-shirt with his hands cuffed behind his back being taken out of an armored police vehicle and placed in an unmarked squad car. Police said they did not expect to confirm the suspect's identity before Saturday, but believed he acted alone. The Denver Post and the Colorado Springs Gazette newspapers, each citing an unidentified law enforcement source, reported Friday night that the suspect was identified as Robert Lewis Dear. The Post gave his age as 57, but neither paper had further details. The slain lawman was identified as Garrett Swasey, 44, a campus police officer for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs who joined city police in responding to the first reports of shots fired, authorities said. Police declined to discuss the gunman's motivations. But the president of the Rocky Mountains chapter of Planned Parenthood, Vicki Cowart, suggested a climate of rancor surrounding abortion in the United States sets the stage for such violence. The attack in Colorado sparked jitters across the country. The New York City Police Department reported it had redeployed some of its "critical response" vehicles to Planned Parenthood locations throughout the city. However, it said there were no specific threats to those sites at this time.