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Gunman captured after hours-long siege at Planned Parenthood

A gunman entered a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday afternoon, wounding multiple people and engaging in gun battles with police. The suspect was taken into custody after holing up inside the building for several hours. Hari Sreenivasan gets an update from Mary MacCarthy of Feature Story News.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Very tense hours in Central Colorado this afternoon just ended, as the mayor of Colorado Springs confirms the suspected gunman has been taken into custody. Hari Sreenivasan has our report.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    For the latest, we are going to Mary McCarthy. She's the Denver bureau chief for feature story news. Joins us by phone now from a media command center near the scene. Mary, you just heard the mayor and the chief of police there. What did they have to say?

  • MARY MCCARTHY:

    That's right, Mayor John Suthers just spoke a couple of moments ago, saying that remarkable turn of events. They did get the suspect to surrender. He had been barricaded inside the Planned Parenthood with an unknown number of people for somewhere between five and six hours since shortly before noon here today in Colorado and active gunfire throughout the day. A total of 11 people injured, transported to local hospitals. Five of those police officers who were injured by what appears to be gunfire, but now just within the past few moments, it has come to an end. It is no longer an active shooter situation. It is now being considered a crime scene.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    This is a significant area around this specific clinic. Was actually shut down. I mean, you had sent in pictures to some of our staff of the local businesses that were essentially on lockdown?

  • MARY MCCARTHY:

    It was a tense afternoon to say the least, specifically for the people in that shopping center for the strip mall area where the Planned Parenthood was located. There was so much speculation all day. Was that even the Planned Parenthood that was targeted. We know indeed for a fact now that the gunman, who has not been identified, was targeting Planned Parenthood for what remain unknown reasons.

    It's also know that he brought devices that could be dangerous. Police are saying they need to take several hours now to go in and check out the whole scene, to see if those devices are safe or present a threat. So he did go there while armed with the weapon he was using, other items, was targeting that situation.

    And the nearby shops were, of course, on lockdown because there was so much uncertainty about who was actually being targeted initially and whether there could be sort of peripheral damage and danger. So a major security situation.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Give us an idea of the atmosphere here. I mean, the pictures that we've seen are a number of different police agencies from local to national ones.

  • MARY MCCARTHY:

    That's right. They just give a list of some of the agencies involved fighting the FBI, the El Paso County Sheriff's Department, of course, the Colorado Springs Police Department, who'd been leading the way, and as far as we know, it's their officers who have been injured.

    Also, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, their police force was brought in and other federal agencies. United Way got involved setting up the member for local people to call either to check in to say that they are safe, or to see if their loved ones who might have been out shopping, getting their haircut at the salon or, you know, worked at or were at the Planned Parenthood today, which was open for business, just like any other day to make sure that their loved ones were safe.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    All right and finally, there's a — this is a process that happened throughout the day. Not everybody was released at the same time?

  • MARY MCCARTHY:

    That's right and from the information coming out now, again, the latest press conference is still ongoing. It appears that people are still inside is what I've heard. And, again, the gunman has been removed, so it's now being treated as an active situation.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Yeah.

  • MARY MCCARTHY:

    But the officials said that they needed to go check and see if the people who were there were still injured, which means that's —

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    All right.

  • MARY MCCARTHY:

    — very much ongoing.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    All right, Mary McCarthy of Future Story News in Colorado Springs. Thanks so much.

  • MARY MCCARTHY:

    Thanks, Hari.

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