A horrific shooting on Friday may not have originated at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Colorado Springs as widely reported if witness accounts are to be considered.
On Black Friday, Several people were injured and University of Colorado police officer Garrett Swasey, 44, along with two unnamed civilians were killed by a man identified as Robert Lewis Dear, 57, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
While it was reported that the Public Information Officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department “told reporters that the entire incident started with shooting at the Planned Parenthood facility;” multiple reports conflict with this narrative, including accounts from eye witnesses.
The International Business Times reported:
Witnesses at the scene told MSNBC the original gunshots came from near the Planned Parenthood at a Chase Bank facility.
The Gazette reported that one of the injured civilians is an employee of Elite Vision, a business located in a building adjacent to the abortion facility.
John Berman of CNN interviewed Supercuts employee Denise Speller who claimed to see “one of the officers go down” from her business, which is .2 miles from the Planned Parenthood abortion provider in Colorado Springs (click on the video to watch the exchange).
DENISE SPELLER, WITNESS: I had just arrived at work. And we were just talking and we just had a guest leave the shop.
And we saw officers fly into the parking lot with their lights on and everything. And then we saw them pass our shop and go over behind the Chase Bank, which is next door. And then there were officers everywhere in the whole perimeter. And then we saw one of the officers that was behind the Chase Bank go — we heard several gunshots. And then we saw one of the officers go down behind his car.
BERMAN: Was it clear to you where the shots were coming from?
SPELLER: From what we observed, we assumed it came from behind the Chase Bank drive-through. That’s where we thought it came from.
BERMAN: It came from behind the Chase Bank drive-through. We had been told initially that the first call of a shooter came from the Planned Parenthood. How close is the Chase Bank drive-through to the Planned Parenthood?
SPELLER: Maybe less than a quarter-of-a-mile.
BERMAN: So down the street, a significant distance at this point?
SPELLER: Yes. Yes, just a little ways.
Without elaboration, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported at 1:34 p.m.:
Colorado Springs police says there is no connection to Planned Parenthood and shooting victims are getting treatment.
The Denver Post reported that at 11:40 a.m., “the Colorado Springs police scanner began to erupt. ‘They are advising someone in the parking lot is shooting,’ a dispatcher hollered, according to archives captured on Broadcastify.com. ‘Actually we are getting several more calls now.'”
The motive has not yet been released, but that has not stopped numerous media outlets from irresponsibly speculating that the proximity of the shooting to abortion provider Planned Parenthood had something to do with the rampage before the facts are known.