Standoff over between gunman and Colorado Springs police
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - 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.
The shooting was reported around 11:30 a.m. MT (10:30 CT). Authorities also put a nearby shopping mall on lockdown during their search for the gunman. Buckley said they still have not identified who the shooter is and that officers are working to get where they can speak with the shooter, but the gunman keeps firing at them with "a long gun."
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Buckley confirmed that the Planned Parenthood clinic was where the shooting began. There were earlier unconfirmed reports that he may have targeted a nearby bank, but Buckley said that was not the case.
Police said they were working with Planned Parenthood staff members to identify the people who were in the clinic at the time of the shooting and evacuate them safely from the building. Buckley said there were also "items" which the gunman brought with him into the clinic which police had to investigate and clear before they could get closer.
Joan Motolinia told the Associated Press his sister, Jennifer, called him while she was hiding behind a table inside the Planned Parenthood clinic as the gunman was shooting inside the building. He said he heard a lot of gunshots in the background.
"She was telling me to take care of her babies because she could get killed," Motolinia said of the mother of three.
Motolinia rushed to the clinic after getting off the phone and was frustrated because a police barricade kept him from getting close to the building.
"People were shooting for sure. I heard someone shooting. There was a lot of gunfire. She was calm she was trying to hide from those people," he said.