Police in Colorado Springs are in a shootout with what is believed to be one active shooter who opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic, injuring at least four officers and an at least five civilians.
A public information officer for the department sent out a tweet at 11.45am local time warning the public and members of the media the area around the family clinic ‘is NOT secure.’
A short time earlier, police officers and firefighters were called to 3480 Centennial Boulevard after getting 911 calls about shots fired.
They have been inside the building since then exchanging fire with the gunman and evacuating civilians, though they have not have voice contact with the man.
‘The officers inside the building have encountered the individual. As of about a minute ago, they were exchanging gunfire with him,’ Lt. Catherine Buckley of the Colorado Springs Police Department.
CBS News reported that a gunman fired shots upon entering the clinic, which was guarded by security, and that law enforcement officials were concerned about the possibility explosives being involved.
At 2.15pm, the police department sent out a tweet reporting that officers on the scene were ‘encountering gunfire’ from a suspect.
Officials also confirmed that at least four officers were shot; some of the injured cops have been taken from the scene by ambulances, but police were still trying to reach the others.
One of the officers was reportedly hit in the hand. The extent of the injuries sustained by the others is unknown at this time.
Due to a recently passed law in Colorado that prohibits police departments to investigate incidents in which their officers have been shot or exchanged fire with a subject, the El Paso police are in the scene investigating the shooting.
The gunman, believed to be a lone male, also took other objects with him inside the Planned Parenthood though it is unknown at this time what they may have been.
There are fears they could be explosives and while there were reports he may have propane tanks on him those have not been confirmed.
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