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Three people killed in abortion clinic shooting

The standoff lasted about five-hours before the gunman was arrested Credit: Reuters

Two civilians and a police officer were killed in the shooting at the Colorado Springs abortion clinic, officials have confirmed.

Police and the mayor of Colorado Springs, John Suthers, made the announcement at a news conference.

The standoff at the clinic lasted about five-hours, before the gunman was arrested by police.

'One police officer killed' in abortion clinic shooting

The gunman who opened fire at a Colorado Springs abortion clinic shot and killed a police officer, according to the Fraternal Order of Police, a law enforcement union.

Police later confirmed that an officer had been killed, but the exact number of fatalities in the shooting were unclear.

Immediately after the incident Lieutenant Catherine Buckley, a police spokeswoman, said she had no confirmation of fatalities

Later State Attorney General Cynthia Coffman posted a message on her official Twitter account saying two people had been killed, but that post was quickly deleted.


Colorado Springs shooting saw 'tragic loss of life'

The shooting at an abortion clinic in Colorado Springs involved a "tragic loss of life", the Colorado attorney general tweeted.

The tweet appears to be the first indication there were fatalities in the incident.

An earlier tweet from the attorney general's office that referred to two people killed in the incident was deleted.

Standoff at Colorado Springs abortion clinic 'resolved'

Mayor John Suthers said the gunman had been taken into custody. Credit: Reuters

The standoff at the Colorado Springs abortion clinic "has been resolved", with the gunman taken into custody, officials at the scene have confirmed.

Mayor of Colorado Springs John Suthers told journalists the gunman was in custody.

"The situation has been resolved. There's no continuing peril to the citizens of Colorado Springs, but there is a huge crime scene that has to be processed," he said.

At least 11 people, including five police officers, are reported to have been injured. Officials would not confirm whether there had been any fatalities.


Planned Parenthood: Not clear if clinic was targeted

Officials at Planned Parenthood said it is not clear if they were deliberately targeted by a gunman who began shooting at one of their clinics and remains on the loose in Colorado Springs.

Planned Parenthood say the motive for the attack is not yet clear. Credit: Reuters

"We don't yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action, and we don't yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack," said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, in a written statement.

She said that the organisation was concerned that "extremists" were fueling "domestic terrorism" within the US, in comments apparently referencing protests and attacks on clinics that provide abortion.

"We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust, " she added.

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