At least 3 Colorado Springs officers injured in ongoing active shooter situation at Planned Parenthood
At least three police officers have been injured in an ongoing active shooter situation at or near a Colorado Springs branch of Planned Parenthood on Friday afternoon.
Lt. Catherine Buckley, a Colorado Springs police spokeswoman, said she was still trying to confirm other details in the fluid situation.
"We still have a gunman that is out there," she said.
A Colorado Springs police commander told The Gazette that at least three officers have been hurt. It is unclear whether there are more injuries or fatalities.
The city's fire department tweeted about the situation about 11:45 a.m. The branch is located at 3480 Centennial Blvd., just north of West Fillmore Street.
"The area is NOT secure," police said in a tweet.
"We were looking out the window and we had an officer wave us back inside," said Brigitte Wolfe, who works Jun Japanese Restaurant next door. "They have everything blocked off."
Wolfe said there are roughly a dozen police vehicles at the scene. She said officers have guns drawn and are facing the Planned Parenthood branch.
A photo from the scene showed officers in the area hiding behind their vehicles with their weapons drawn. SWAT officers have been called to the scene.
Colorado Springs police have shut down Centennial Boulevard between Garden of the Gods Road and Fillmore Street. Some businesses in the area are being evacuated. Patrons and workers at a nearby shopping center have been told to shelter in place.
An employee who answered the phone at a nearby King Soopers said a few dozen customers were locked inside under police orders, but she had not seen a shooter or any other violence across the parking lot from the Planned Parenthood building.
"Everybody here is safe," she said, declining to give her name. "That's all I know, but I'm in the back right now."
This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.
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