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Police Exchange Shots With Gunman Inside A Colorado Planned Parenthood

An ambulance proceeds Friday up a secured road leading to a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, Colo., after reports of an active shooter.
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An ambulance proceeds Friday up a secured road leading to a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, Colo., after reports of an active shooter.

Updated 4:55 p.m. ET

Four officers have been injured, along with an unknown number of civilians, in shootings in and near Planned Parenthood offices in Colorado Springs, Colo., Lt. Catherine Buckley of Colorado Springs Police said at a press briefing.

Police are exchanging shot with a gunman inside the facility, Buckley said. The next briefing is planned for 6 p.m. ET.

No motive is known, and Buckley has said that police are unsure of the connection to Planned Parenthood. Buckley added that they type of weapon used was initially thought to be a long gun.

Penrose Hospital & St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs has reported that they have received five patients from the scene.

NPR's Jason Beaubien also confirmed that the shooting did take place from inside the building that houses the Planned Parenthood clinic. That building also houses some private doctors' offices.

The Denver Post spoke with Joan Motolinia, who said his sister was in the clinic:

"He talked to her by phone about 1:30 p.m. She was at the clinic for an appointment and was hiding under a table and was only able to talk briefly.

" 'She was very afraid,' he said.

"While she was talking, he could hear gunfire in the background and after about two minutes, his sister hung up on him.

" 'She was telling me to take care of her babies,' he said. 'I heard some shots so people were in there shooting for sure.'
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed to NPR's Carrie Johnson that the agency is on the scene.

Ambulances and police cars are gathered in the street near the building and police told people to stay away from the scene. Nearby buildings are under lockdown.

Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee tweeted that the president of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood issued a statement saying, "Our concern is for the safety of our patients, staff and law enforcement."

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