As you know by now, three people, including a police officer, were murdered at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday. After a standoff that last five hours, the gunman surrendered to police. The suspect has been identified as Robert Lewis Dear, a man in his late 50's who had recently moved to Colorado from South Carolina and has had a number of skirmishes with the law arising from disputes with his ex-wife and various neighbors over the past two decades.
It is not clear that if Dear deliberately targeted Planned Parenthood, a point even Vicki Cowart, the President of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, acknowledges. However, Cowart went on to decry "extremists" who she blamed for "creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country." Here is Cowart's statement in full: