Colorado shooting suspect in custody

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Police in Colorado Springs, Colorado say the suspect in a shooting spree at a Planned Parenthood clinic is in custody after giving himself up and that investigators at the scene are still determining if there were any casualties. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Colorado shooting suspect in custody

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STORY: Colorado Springs Police officers arrested a suspect they say stormed a Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday (November 27) and opened fire with a rifle in a burst of violence that left at least 11 people injured, including five officers.

Five hours after the siege began, the suspect was taken into custody, the city’s mayor and police spokeswoman confirmed in an evening news conference.

A Reuters photographer at the scene saw a man in a white T-shirt, with his hands cuffed behind his back, being taken out of an armored police vehicle and placed in an unmarked squad car.

“The perpetrator is in custody. The situation has been resolved. There’s no continuing peril to the people of Colorado Springs,” said Mayor John Suthers, “but there’s a huge crime scene that has to be processed. We have to determine how many victims there are, and we will be reporting on that in the near future.”

An hour earlier, police said that progress in securing the building was slowed by the fact that the gunman brought “some bags” with him into the clinic and left several items outside, all of which needed to be checked for possible boobytraps or explosives.

Police spokeswoman Lieutenant Catherine Buckley said officers coaxed the suspect to give himself up.

“We did get officers inside of the building at the Planned Parenthood, and the officers were able to shout to the suspect and make communication with him. And at that point, they were able to get him to surrender. And he was taken into custody,” she said.

No fatalities were reported by authorities. Five police officers were among those injured in the gunfire, Buckley said.

There was no information provided on the nature of the injuries, or the condition of any of the victims.

Police swarmed the area around the building after an emergency call reporting shots fired at about 11:30 a.m. Mountain Time (1830 GMT).

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