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UPDATE: 3 dead following Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooting

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8:22 UPDATE:

Police say three people are dead after a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.

Those who died Friday include two civilians and one police officer from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

The university is about 10 minutes away from the clinic and officials say the fallen officer responded to help city police with the shooting.

Mayor John Suthers says the community "mourns the loss of a very brave police officer."

Nine other people are hospitalized and police say there are in good condition.

7:00 p.m. UPDATE: 

A University of Colorado police officer and one civilian were killed in a shooting and five hour standoff at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.

Eleven people were hurt in the shooting, five were police officers.

The suspect has been captured.  

The streets around Fillmore and Centennial are closed while police search for possible explosive devices.

According to police, officers responded to a shots fired call at Planned Parenthood in the 3400 block of Centennial Blvd. at 11:38 a.m. Friday.

As officers responded, the suspect opened fire, injuring several of them.  

CSPD says the gunman is armed with an AK-47 type weapon.

The shopping center across from Planned Parenthood was ordered to shelter in place.  

Officers went from business to business evacuating people.

CSPD says 11 people were transported to local hospitals.  Five of them were officers.

The emergency room was locked down at Penrose Hospital.


The shooting scene is still active, and people are asked to stay away from the area.  Police say the suspect is inside the Planned Parenthood building.

More than a dozen ambulances are lined up ready to transport potential victims.

Police say they're prepared for the possibility of a second shooter, but couldn't confirm that there were two shooters.

Centennial is closed from Fillmore to Garden of the Gods.

Anyone who is sheltering-in-place is asked to call 211.  The city will relay that information to family members.

7:00 p.m. UPDATE:

Police have captured a gunman inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday, ending an hours-long standoff that began with him opening fire on police officers, injuring five of them, authorities said.

The gunman walked out of facility just before 5 p.m. local time, and officers took him into custody, officials told NBC News.

A total of 11 people, five of them police officers, were injured in the day of violence and taken to area hospitals, police said.

Police said they had no information that anyone died.

"At this point I have as many questions as you do," Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey told reporters before heading to the hospital to visit injured officers.

Police are still clearing the building, now a crime scene, to make sure several unidentified items that the gunman brought with him are not dangerous, police said.

The shooting and standoff unfolded during a regular working day at the facility, with patients waiting for appointments and staff members attending to them, Colorado Springs Police Department Lt. Catherine Buckley said.

Several escaped during the ordeal, thanks in part to police personnel who rammed the side of the building with a truck, officials told NBC News.

The gunshots were first reported near the Planned Parenthood facility on Centennial Boulevard at around 11:38 a.m., police said.

The gunman, whom authorities have not been able to identify, began firing at police from the parking lot and then from inside the building, a law enforcement official told NBC News.

Three officers were injured initially, and a fourth officer was later hurt, Buckley said. She added later that a fifth may have been injured as well.

After the shooting, the gunman entered the building. At one point, the gunman, armed with an AK-47-style weapon, was surrounded in the lobby, according to a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the situation.

At some point, authorities tapped into the building's video surveillance system, and were able to monitor the gunman's movements, officials said.

Dozens of people were stuck in nearby businesses, including a King Soopers grocery store. After the standoff ended, authorities began releasing them, Buckley said.

Joan Motolinia said his sister was in the clinic and called him after the gunshots, and she remained trapped inside.

"She was telling me she was hiding under a table," he said. Motolinia said he heard more shots over the phone, and his sister hung up. He hasn't called her back, afraid the phone would ring.

Caren Kesterson, working at a nearby Supercuts hair salon, said two police cars sped past and when she looked out the window "it was like almost immediately we heard gunshots — easily over 20."

A manager at the nearby King Soopers grocery store said staffers were being told to shelter in place. The manager was locking down the store and keeping everyone inside.

Jesse O'Brien, who manages a UPS Store down the street, said he saw what appeared to be heavily-armed SWAT team members and "there's a police officer here with a megaphone instructing people to remain indoors."

Colorado Springs police have asked the FBI to respond to the shooting scene, the FBI said. The units responding include the FBI SWAT and evidence recovery teams, law enforcement sources familiar the situation said.

A White House official said President Barack Obama has been notified about the situation.

Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, said the situation was still developing. "Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this tragic situation," she said.

"We don't yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action, and we don't yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack," Cowart said.

4:30 p.m. UPDATE:

Four police officers were injured during a shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood on Friday.

Authorities say they may be more victims.

At last word, officials confirm the shooter has been custody, but not other details are available at this time.


Colorado Springs police are responding to a report of an "active shooter" near a Planned Parenthood facility.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department said on Twitter at 11:50 a.m. mountain time there was a shooter near the Planned Parenthood building on Centennial Boulevard.

The police department warned the area is "not secure."

Police are responding to reports of a shooting near Planned Parenthood on Centennial in Colorado Springs on Nov. 27, 2015.

Police block the intersection of High Tech and Centennial.

A local NBC station reporter says Colorado Springs Police are staging in the area.

The Colorado Springs Police and El Paso County Sheriff's Office are responding, the Colorado State Patrol said.

A manager at the nearby King Soopers grocery store said staffers were being told to shelter in place.

The manager was locking down the store and keeping everyone inside.

An employee at a nearby UPS Store said he saw what appeared to be heavily-armed SWAT team members and "there's a police officer here with a megaphone instructing people to remain indoors."

(Information from this article was provided by a reporter with KOAA out of Colorado Springs...)

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