Court appearance set for suspect in Colorado clinic shooting

Robert Lewis Dear
Colorado Springs shooting suspect Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina is seen in undated photos provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. A gunman burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 and opened fire, launching several gunbattles and an hourslong standoff with police as patients and staff took cover. By the time the shooter surrendered, at least three people were killed, including a police officer and at least nine others were wounded, authorities said. (El Paso County Sheriff's Office via AP)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – The man accused of opening fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs is making his first appearance in court.

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Fifty-seven-year-old Robert Lewis Dear is accused of killing three people, including a police officer, on Friday. The shootout lasted several hours and also left nine other people in the hospital.

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Colorado Springs authorities said Sunday that they wouldn’t talk about a possible motive for the attack, leaving such details to the court proceedings and fueling speculation over the attacker’s intentions.

U.S. Attorney John Walsh says officials could pursue federal charges in addition to state homicide ones. He says investigators have been in touch with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights and National Security divisions.


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