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44-year-old UCCS Officer Garrett Swasey. 44-year-old UCCS Officer Garrett Swasey.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The latest on the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado (all times local):
4:00 p.m.
A friend says of one of the three people who died in a shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic was an Iraq War veteran who had recently left the military.
Amburh Butler, who spoke on behalf of 29-year-old Ke'Arre Stewart's family, says he was accompanying someone at the clinic when he was killed. She says he leaves behind two young daughters in Texas, where he grew up.
Butler says the Army stationed Ke'Arre at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs in 2013. She says he was discharged from the military last year.
She says he used to write her letters from Iraq that detailed the horrors of fighting on the front lines. She last spoke to him on Thursday, when he sounded upbeat to be spending Thanksgiving with friends.
3:20 p.m.
Former figure skating champion Nancy Kerrigan remembers the Colorado police officer who was killed in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic as loyal, caring and a true friend.
She told media outlets that Garrett Swasey was "one of my best friends" as they grew up together practicing figure skating in Melrose, Massachusetts. Before he became a police officer, Swasey was a junior national couples ice dancing champion.
An emotional Kerrigan says she wasn't surprised he took a career path where he helped others first. She says he always had fun and did everything with a smile.
Swasey's father has told the Boston Globe that his son moved to Colorado in the 1980s to pursue competitive figure skating and became an officer six years ago.

3:05 p.m.
The father of a Colorado Springs woman says she was accompanying a friend to a Planned Parenthood clinic when she was killed in a shooting rampage.
John Ah-King told The Denver Post that his daughter 36-year-old Jennifer Markovsky was one of three people who died Friday when a gunman opened fire. He described Markovsky as a kind-hearted, lovable person with two children.
Also killed in the shootout was 44-year-old University of Colorado police officer Garrett Swasey. The Associated Press has not yet confirmed the identity of the third victim.

UPDATE SATURDAY 11/28 5:30 P.M.: 

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO- It has been one day since a gunman shot and killed three people and injured nine others at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.

Investigators tell NBC News a motive is still unclear but 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear did talk about politics and abortion. 

Dear is a North Carolina native who was living in a trailer in Colorado, authorities describe statements he made to police as "rants". When Dear was taken in for questioning after his arrest around 5 p.m. Local time on Friday, he is quoted saying, "No more baby parts" in reference to the clinic. 

Dear is being held in a local jail on no bond and is not expected to make an appearance in court on Monday.

Detectives are currently looking into his background, interviewing those who are close to him, including his girlfriend in Colorado. 

Dear has nothing apparent in his recent criminal background. In 1997, he was arrested for domestic violence against his then wife, and in 2002 was booked after being a "peeping tom", according to court documents.


UPDATE: 8:45 P.M. FRIDAY: The shooter has been identified by law enforcement sources familiar with this investigation as 57-year-old Robert Dear

Three people are dead including 44-year-old UCCS Officer Garrett Swasey. Swasey was killed as he responded to a call for support during the shooting.

According to investigators, the gunman walked out of the facility just before 5 p.m. local time and officers took him into custody. Nine people, including five Colorado Springs police officers were shot and wounded but are in "good condition" at area hospitals Friday night.

Police are still working on the clearing the building, now a crime scene, to make sure items brought in by the gunman are not dangerous.

Investigators were also trying identify an item left in what is believed to be the suspect's car, a law enforcement source said. The device appears to be a propane tank with wires sticking out, the source said. It was not immediately clear if it was a hoax device.


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.

NEW INFORMATION: A law enforcement official says one police officer has been killed in the shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.
The official said Friday the officer was with the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
The official, who has direct knowledge of the case, spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing and the official was not authorized to speak to the media.
Four other officers and six civilians were taken to hospitals.
Police say the gunman is in custody.


NBC NEWS: A gunman entered a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado on Friday, firing from the building and at police during a five-hour standoff that ended with his surrender.

Two people were killed inside the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, according to several law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.

The gunman walked out of the 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 transported to area hospitals in the day of violence, police said.

"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.

Emergency personnel transport an officer to an ambulance after reports of a shooting near the Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov, 27, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Daniel Owen / AP

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, who has not been identified, began in the parking lot of Planned Parenthood and then entered the building, a law enforcement official told NBC News.

Police officers who responded were fired upon, and the gunman fired at police at various times during the ensuing standoff, police said.

A police vehicle, carrying a suspect, is lead away after a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. A gunman opened fire at the clinic on Friday, authorities said, wounding multiple people. David Zalubowski / AP

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.

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

Dozens of people at nearby businesses were ordered to lock the doors and shelter in place as police responded to the scene. After the standoff ended, authorities began releasing them, Buckley said.

Joan Motolinia said his sister was in the clinic when gunshots were heard. "She called me and she was screaming there was a shooting," he said. "She couldn't say too much because she was afraid."

"She was telling me she was hiding under a table," Motolinia said. He said he heard more shots over the phone, and his sister hung up.

Caren Kesterson was working at a nearby Supercuts hair salon when two police cars sped past.

"We got up and we looked outside, and it was like almost immediately we heard gunshots — easily over 20," Kesterson told MSNBC by telephone.

The FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives were among several law enforcement agencies who responded.

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 Friday that "we don't yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack."

But she vowed in a statement: "We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust."

NEW INFORMATION: The mayor of Colorado Springs says a gunman in a shooting attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic is in custody.
Mayor John Suthers says he did not have any further details.
A shootout and standoff between the gunman and officers had been going on for hours Friday at the clinic.
Police say 11 people, including five officers, have been transported to area hospitals. Authorities do not have any further details on those wounded or whether there had been any fatalities in the attack.
Tina Garcia says her daughter-in-law is among those still inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs where a gunman is locked in a standoff with police.
Garcia said she spoke on the phone with Cynthia Garcia, who said that police ushered people to a floor of the building without telling them what was going on. Cynthia Garcia, who works at Planned Parenthood, heard gunshots, but couldn't see where or from whom they were coming.
She took a photo out the window, which showed two law enforcement officers walking through the snow.
Tina Garcia told The Associated Press by text that her son was also on his way to work at the clinic when she called him and told him not to go in.

UPDATE:  Police say an unknown number of civilians have been injured in a shooting in Colorado Springs.
Police Lt. Catherine Buckley also said a fourth officer was wounded Friday inside a Planned Parenthood building in the latest exchange of gunfire with a shooter.  Buckley says she doesn't know how many or how the civilians were injured.
Police say the gunman opened fire before noon on Friday. Three officers were said to be injured in an earlier exchange of gunfire with the shooter. Officials say at least seven people have been taken to area hospitals. It is not known if that number includes the four officers.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Police say they are encountering gunfire as they search for a gunman at a shooting scene near a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.
Police previously said the gunman had been contained Friday but later said they were still searching for the person.
Police say some civilians and at least four officers have been injured.
There are at least eight ambulances waiting at an intersection near the clinic and a nearby shopping center.