Employees of a Supercuts down the road were huddled in a back room “shaking and crying,” according to a manager.
by Sebastian Murdock & Ryan Grenoble
Four police officers were shot in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday when they responded to an shooting inside a building that houses a Planned Parenthood clinic.
The ordeal, which has dragged on for more than three hours, has still not been resolved.
At a press conference Friday afternoon at the scene, Lt. Catherine Buckley, a police spokeswoman, said civilians were also injured, but could not confirm how many. She confirmed that the shooter was still active and was inside the building.
Erin Emery, a spokeswoman for Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, said the hospital was caring for three patients related to the shooting, though she would not speak to the extent of their injuries or whether they were civilians or police. Penrose-St. Francis hospital tweeted that they have six patients.
Penrose Hospital now has a total of 6 patients. We will keep you posted as we learn more information. #CentennialBIShooting
— Penrose-St. Francis (@psfhs) November 27, 2015
Police said earlier Friday that they did not know if the person was targeting the women’s health care provider.
Denise Speller, a manager at Supercuts, spoke to The Huffington Post earlier on Friday afternoon while on lockdown inside her store. The Supercuts is in a strip mall just down the road from the Planned Parenthood.
“Cops came flying through the parking lot, they almost hit each other they were driving so fast,” she said. She added that she “heard multiple shots fired” and “saw an officer go down” before she and others went and hunkered down in a back room.
“We can’t go near the windows,” she said, “We can’t stop shaking and crying.”
— Jessica Oh (@Jessica9NEWS) November 27, 2015
Brigitte Wolfe, who works at a restaurant next door, told the Denver Post earlier Friday that she saw at least a dozen police cars. “We were looking out the window and we had an officer wave us back inside,” Wolfe said. At least one of the injured officers suffered a bullet wound to his hand, according to CBS Denver. Though it was not clear whether the shooter was targeting Planned Parenthood, the organization’s president, Cecile Richards, tweeted Friday about the shooting:
Democratic potential candidate Hillary Clinton also tweeted in response to the news:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 27, 2015
Four attacks have targeted Planned Parenthood clinics in the past four months, after a series of heavily edited undercover videos claimed the family planning provider was harvesting fetal tissue after abortions and selling it. Planned Parenthood denies the charges and says it only donates fetal tissue for medical research when the patient requests it and does not make a profit from the donation. Congress is currently investigating Planned Parenthood’s practice of fetal tissue donation and has so far found no evidence of wrongdoing. Friday’s attack is also unfolding less than a month after a shooting rampage left four people dead in Colorado Springs, including the gunman. This past Halloween, 33-year-old Noah Harpham fatally shot three people in the mountain town. Four Colorado Springs Police Department officers were placed on administrative leave after fatally shooting Harpham, who was recovering from substance abuse and wrote a rambling blog entry just days before the attack discussing religion and his spiritual beliefs. President Obama has been briefed on the situation, according to ABC News.
President Obama has been briefed on the situation in Colorado and will be updated as necessary, White House official says. — Dan Linden (@DanLinden) November 27, 2015