Several people have been injured and University of Colorado police officer Garrett Swasey, 44, along with two unnamed civilians have been murdered by a man identified as Robert Lewis Dear, 59, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The motive has not yet been released, but that has not stopped numerous media outlets from speculating that the proximity of the shooting to abortion provider Planned Parenthood had something to do with the rampage. CNN, for example, wanted readers to know that Planned Parenthood has been “a target in the past.”
But the Colorado Springs Gazette reported at 1:34 p.m.:
Colorado Springs police says there is no connection to Planned Parenthood and shooting victims are getting treatment.
Additionally, it is not clear where the shooting started. The Denver Post reported that at 11:40 a.m., “the Colorado Springs police scanner began to erupt. ‘They are advising someone in the parking lot is shooting,’ a dispatcher hollered, according to archives captured on Broadcastify.com. ‘Actually we are getting several more calls now.'”
Jennifer Mascia, a “staff writer” for an anti-Second Amendment publication tweeted “All the shooting went down at the Chase bank,” which is next door to Planned Parenthood, a witness said on #MSNBC.”
While Robert Lewis Dear’s motive remains unknown, the location of where the shooting began would certainly be a helpful albeit non-definitive clue.