Police named the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs as 57-year-old Robert L. Dear on Saturday, but they released few other details about the man and said nothing about what may have motivated the rampage.
The gunman stormed the clinic, which provides a range of health services including abortions, killing three people, including a police officer, and wounding nine others on Friday. After a standoff at the center lasting several hours, he surrendered to law enforcement officers, authorities said.
Police said Dear resided in Hartsel, about 65 miles (105 km) west of Colorado Springs, the state’s second largest city. His police booking photograph showed a burly man with a white beard.
Dear was being held without bail and was scheduled for a preliminary court hearing on Monday, jail records said.
Friday’s shooting was believed to be the first fatal attack at an abortion provider in the United States in six years. Police have not discussed the suspect’s motives.
The clinic in Colorado Springs has been repeatedly targeted for protests by anti-abortion activists.
“We don’t yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action, and we don’t yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack,” said Vicki Cowart, chief executive of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
However, she suggested a climate of rancor surrounding abortion had set the stage for such violence. “We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this…