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UPDATE: Planned Parenthood Gunman Gives Up After Colorado Standoff That Left 3 Dead

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KWWL) -

A gunman armed with an AK-47-style weapon burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday, shooting at police from inside the building during the ensuing five-hour standoff.

Three people, including a police officer, died during the incident, Colorado Springs Police Department Lt. Catherine Buckley said. Nine others, including five officers, were wounded.

All nine were in good condition, Buckley said.

Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs said Saturday of the four patients it had received, two were discharged.

There was no immediate word on the patients at other hospitals.

The slain officer was identified as Garrett Swasey, 44, of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police department.

He was married and had a son and daughter, according to the website of his church, Hope Chapel in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Shooting Suspect Robert Dear. Colorado Springs Police Department

The gunman, who police named as 57-year-old Robert Dear, walked out of the facility just before 5 p.m. local time and surrendered.

Gunshots were first reported near the facility on Centennial Boulevard in Colorado Springs at around 11:38 a.m.

The shooter began firing in the parking lot and then entered the building, a law enforcement official told NBC News.

The shooting unfolded during a regular working day, as patients waited for appointments and staff members attended to them.

"I heard everyone in the lobby screaming 'Get down! Get down!' and then I saw a gunman walking with a shotgun just shooting randomly outside of Planned Parenthood," Kentanya Craion said after getting out of the building.

The gunman "seemed calm, but crazy," she added, describing the man in a hunter's jacket and hat as "mumbling and ranting while he was shooting."

(Information was provided by NBC News...)

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