The moment a receptionist heard gunfire and an "intruder" burst into the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, the well-drilled staff immediately activated lockdown procedures, the organization's local president said on Saturday. "This is a community that's been under attack," Vicki Cowart, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood's Rocky Mountain chapter, told Reuters, referring to her organization.
A police officer killed by a gunman who stormed a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was a retired champion figure skater and an elder at a Christian church where he taught, led worship teams and played guitar. Officer Garrett Swasey, 44, was on duty at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus on Friday afternoon and he rushed through billowing snow to support colleagues at the scene when first reports came in of a shooter at large. Two civilians were also killed and nine people, including five other police officers, were wounded in the attack.