Colorado Springs police are responding to an active shooter in the parking lot of a Planned Parenthood clinic. Police are urging people to avoid the area, and city officials say the situation is still in progress.
At least three officers and multiple civilians have been injured in the shooting, according to Colorado Springs Gazette Reporter Stephen Hobbs. Some reports indicate that at least one person is dead in the parking lot.
Despite reports otherwise, police officials tell local news station KOAA that the shooter has not been detained.
It was not immediately clear whether Planned Parenthood was the target of the shooting.
Planned Parenthood is a national health care provider that delivers reproductive health care and sex education to women and men throughout the United States. The organization runs nearly 700 health centers throughout the United States, according to its website.
The group’s health centers provide health care services and information to more than 2.7 million people in the United States each year.
Even though abortion services only make up a small proportion (about 3 percent) of Planned Parenthood’s annual services, they have often been targeted by anti-abortion extremists.
According to NARAL Pro-Choice America, in the past three decades anti-abortion activists have targeted abortion clinics with more than 6,400 acts of violence including bombings, arsons, death threats, kidnappings, assaults, and murders, as well as more than 175,000 acts of disruption including bomb threats and harassing phone calls. Based on these numbers, abortion clinics in the U.S. are confronted with violence every 1.7 days and deal with other forms of harassment 16 times each day.