"He had a different way of looking at the land, the trouble at hand or any circumstance that might just come along .... and he measured his life in cedar posts and miles of barbed wire fence”.
An active shooter was reported at 11:38 a.m., police said. The first 911 call came from the Planned Parenthood health center on Centennial Boulevard.
Gunshots were heard in Sally Beauty Supply, which is near the Planned Parenthood clinic, employee Sydney Downey, 20, told The Washington Post.
“A lot of gunshots,” Downey said, “like too many to even count.”
Colorado Springs police tweet that there is an active shooter and the area is not secure, warning media not to set up shop nearby.
Shoppers in the area are instructed to shelter in place, local media report.
Colorado Springs police officer tells assembled media that three officers were injured.
Mobile command center arrives.
A different officer tells assembled reporters that "an unknown number" of civilians were also injured and the shooter's location was not yet confirmed.
"It is very active and we are working our way through it," said Lt. Catherine Buckley.
Local news reports that two patients were loaded into ambulances.
Officer loaded onto stretcher in view of news cameras.
Colorado Springs police announce on Twitter that officers "are encountering gunfire."
Penrose Hospital, located just a few miles away, confirms online that it has received a total of five patients from the scene.
Lt. Buckley provides an update to reporters, noting that shots were only recently fired, who brought unknown items into the building with him.
"At this point this is still an active scene," she said. "We have been in contact with a suspect inside the building."
Buckley notes that a fifth officer may also be injured, alongside "numerous" civilians. Police have not yet identified the suspect, she says.
Penrose Hospital updates that total to six patients from the scene.
Several local journalists and Colorado Springs mayor report that the shooter has been detained.
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