At 2:20 p.m. MST on Nov. 27, 2015, CNNgo reports that three officers have been shot during an ongoing shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo. The first 911 call came from a location near the Planned Parenthood Westside Health Center. However, a customer in a nail salon told CNN via telephone that they were told to return to the inside of the store and stay locked in. All people in the shopping plaza and surrounding neighborhood have been told to stay indoors for their safety.
Some statements indicate the shooting was coming from the Chase Bank in the same plaza. At first, according to the owner of the nail salon, the police had initially surrounded the bank, and it appeared as though they believed there was a bank robbery taking place.
The Colorado Springs police are still countering gunfire. At this time, the police cannot inform the press whether or not there are any hostages.
At 2:22 p.m., at least six people have been transported to local hospitals, according to the facilities reporting.
Speaking with reporters at 2:35 p.m. from the scene, a police spokesperson, Lt. Catherine Buckley, indicated she could not confirm the number of shooting victims. She did, however, state not everyone has been transported to hospitals. One active known shooter is barricaded in the Planned Parenthood. In the latest bout of gunfire, another police officer is down. She further confirmed there are civilians injured.
At this point, the police believe there is only one shooter, armed with a long gun. SWAT and local law enforcement are actively dealing with the situation. Images of the shopping plaza show the entire mall surrounded by police vehicles.
The first gunfire reports were received by emergency services at 11:38 a.m. Local ATF and FBI offices have joined the investigation.
At 2:53 p.m., there are now eight people in local hospitals with injuries. A CNN reporter indicates people have been removed in blankets. The police are in the building now. Images on the news show people being escorted through the parking lot.
At 2:57 p.m., the number of reported victims has risen to nine. Police officials are strongly stating there is no known information about the actual target of the shooter. However, there is speculation that the Planned Parenthood is the shooter’s intended target. Additionally, with the length of the stand-off, it is also believed there was premeditation involved, and due to the number of shots fired, the shooter came on scene with ample ammunition.
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By Cathy Milne
CNNgo Live News
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