NBC News reported that Dear referred to Planned Parenthood in one statement and said “no more baby parts.” He also allegedly made comments about President Obama.
by Robert Sobel
Shortly before noon on Black Friday, 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear made his way into a local Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. After a standoff with police, he was taken into custody, but not before 11 were injured and three left dead. Now 24 hours later and new information is being released offering a glimpse into the life and history of the shooter.
Offering some insight into Dear was Lieutenant Shane Roberts of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina on Saturday. Dear had been a resident of South Carolina for over a decade, between 1997 and 2007, later bouncing around to North Carolina before settling on Hartsel, Colorado. Only about an hour from Colorado Springs where the shooting took place, Dear made his way from his home to take hostages at the women’s health clinic. As reported by BuzzFeed on Nov. 28, Dear appears to have been a right-wing conservative who was known to distribute anti-Obama propaganda to his neighbors.
Suspect confirmed as Robert L. Dear date of birth of 4/16/1958 pic.twitter.com/4v2GtIsUgT
— Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) November 28, 2015
BuzzFeed was able to speak with one of Dear’s neighbors who elaborated on an encounter with him while retrieving his two dogs who got loose in his yard. “We were there for a minute and the guy was already handing us anti-Obama pamphlets,” Zigmond Post said. Post went into further detail, explaining how Dear would blame Obama for the problems in the country and pushed for his impeachment. Quoting Dear, Post noted he said, “Obama was ruining the country and needed to be impeached.”
Dear’s name and town of residence match-up with a voting profile listed in the public records, but the gender is marked as female. Those records are assumed to be a misprint in the gender box, but are currently under investigation. Police records also show Dear has been investigated at least nine times for various crimes, including but not limited to animal cruelty to spying on women. It’s unknown whether or not Dear’s political leanings were the cause of the incident, and more information will be released when it is made available to the public.