Colorado Springs shooting: What we know

A community is mourning following Friday's shootings in Colorado Springs. 9NEWS at 9 p.m. 11/28/15.

COLORADO SPRINGS – Two civilians and a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police officer were killed when a gunman opened fire inside a Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday.

Colorado Springs police said nine others -- five officers and four civilians -- were taken to area hospitals and are in good condition.

The suspect has been identified as Robert Lewis Dear, 57. He is currently being held without bond. Access to Dear's address in Hartsel, Colo. is closed, according to the Park County Sheriff's Office.

On Saturday morning, police were able to clear the scene and no additional people were found. The "items" Dear left at the scene were secured, processed and are no longer a threat.

Police said CC cameras in the Planned Parenthood played a role in the suspect's capture.

University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer Garrett Swasey, 44, was killed while responding to the active shooter situation. Swasey was a six-year veteran of the UCCS Police Department.

A man and a woman, identified as Jennifer Markovsky and Ke'Arre Stewart, were also killed. Markovsky was a mother, and Stewart was an Iraq War veteran. Neither of them worked for Planned Parenthood. 

Twenty four other people were evacuated, unharmed from the Planned Parenthood building.

Police said there were 300 people sheltered in places between the King Soopers and surrounding businesses during the shooting situation.

Dear was taken into custody just before 5 p.m., after a nearly five-hour standoff involving multiple agencies.

If you are experiencing anxiety over the shooting, you can call the Colorado Mental Health Crisis Line at 844-493-8255.

9NEWS wrote a live blog to include the latest updates as they unfolded during the shooting situation.

UPDATE: At 7:28 p.m., the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs chancellor releases a statement identifying the fallen officer as Garrett Swasey, 44. According to the release, Swasey was a six-year veteran of the UCCS Police Department. The chancellor says school officials are working with Swasey's family and continue to support the Colorado Springs Police Department at the shooting scene.

UPDATE: At 6:21 p.m., sources tell 9NEWS the that the shooting suspect's vehicle is surrounded by explosives. The location of the vehicle has not been specified.

UPDATE: At 5:07 p.m., Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said the suspect is in custody and the "situation is resolved." Suthers said there is a large crime scene that will take hours or days to process.

The suspect was taken into custody at 4:52 p.m.

According to CSPD, 11 people were taken to area hospitals. Five were police.

The items that the suspect left in and around the Planned Parenthood building will need to be processed by explosives experts.

There is no word on fatalities.

Police are working on letting people in area businesses leave.

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UPDATE: At a press conference at 4:07 p.m., Lt. Catherine Buckley with the Colorado Springs Police Department said the scene is still active and they have not established voice contact with a suspect in the Planned Parenthood building. Police say the suspect has fired at police. People are being evacuated from the Planned Parenthood building.

Buckley said the suspect brought items into the building with him. There are also items he left outside the building. Police do not know what they are and can't go inside until the scene is stable.

Police say the incident is contained in the Planned Parenthood building, but people who are in businesses and buildings in the vicinity of the shooting will stay in lockdown until the area is deemed safe.

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m., The New York City Police Department redeployed "critical response vehicles" to Planned Parenthood sites due to the Colorado Springs shooting.

UPDATE: Colorado Springs Police say they will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. We will stream it on 9NEWS.com: http://on9news.tv/live.

UPDATE: 3:22 p.m, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services tweeted that they now have six patients. Anyone taking shelter near the shooting can call 2-1-1 to tell their families they are safe. They are encouraged to not call 9-1-1.

UPDATE: 3:08 p.m.: UCHealth Memorial Hospital has received three patients and say they are preparing to potentially care for additional patients.

Colorado Springs Police say they have not released the name of any possible suspects in connection with the shooting. The scene is still active and roads are still closed.

A White House official says President Obama has been notified of the shooting by Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco.

UPDATE: At 3:00 p.m, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services tweeted that they have received five patients. Reporter Chris Vanderveen says there are 13 ambulances on standby near the scene.

UPDATE: At 2:40 p.m., Colorado Springs Police say four officers have been hurt by a "long gun." It is still unclear how many civilians have been hurt.

UPDATE: At 2:34 p.m., Colorado Springs Police say "We are trying to stabilize the situation now."

9NEWS Reporter Jessica Oh got this video of multiple ambulances at the scene.

UPDATE: At 2:15 p.m., Colorado Springs Police tweeted the scene is still active and officers are encountering gunfire.

Colorado Springs Police confirmed that three officers and an unknown number of civilians have been injured. The extent of the injuries is unknown.

There is a SWAT team on scene looking for a shooter. At this time, there are no suspects in custody.

Some businesses in the area, including a King Soopers, are on lockdown. An employee at Sally's Beauty, in a nearby shopping center, told 9NEWS that employees and customers were told to stay away from doors and windows.

"We are actively working through the different businesses and buildings to make sure that we provide medical treatment for the individuals that are injured," Lt. Catherine Buckley with Colorado Springs Police said. "As well as try to locate the shooter in this situation."

According to police, the first call of shots fired came from a Planned Parenthood located in the 3400 block of Centennial Boulevard.

When police responded they encountered active gunfire.

People are being asked to avoid the area of 3400 Centennial Boulevard, which is just north of Fillmore Street.

Centennial Boulevard is closed from Garden of Gods to Fillmore Street in both directions.

9NEWS reporter Chris Vanderveen says he spoke with a man who says he was on the phone with his sister when shots started. The man says the call lasted a minute or two and then he heard shots.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains released a statement saying:

"Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountain's top priority is the safety of our patients and staff. Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this tragic situation. Planned Parenthood has strong security measures in place, works closely with law enforcement agencies, and has a very strong safety record. 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. We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country. We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust."

Multiple agencies, including CSPD, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and Colorado Patrol are assisting with the search and investigation.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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