Colorado Springs Police respond to reports of an active shooter near a Planned Parenthood, warning people via social media to stay away.
INTERNET (NOVEMBER 27, 2015) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE) – Police on Friday (November 27) swarmed the scene of an “active shooter” situation they said was unfolding near a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, and the Denver Post reported that at least one officer had been wounded by gunfire.
The Colorado Springs Police Department said in a Twitter post that a call for assistance referred to a person firing a gun in the city’s northwest, on Centennial Boulevard, where the Planned Parenthood office is located.
“The area is NOT secure. Media do not stage in the area,” the police department said in its tweet, adding that the area was “not secure” and urging members of the public in a nearby shopping center to “shelter in place.”
No further details were immediately available from official sources, but the Denver Post reported that at least one police officer had been injured in “an ongoing active shooter situation.”
The Post quoted Colorado Springs police spokeswoman Lieutenant Catherine Buckley as saying the situation was fluid, adding, “We still have a gunman that is out there.”
Brigette Wolfe, who works across the street from the scene, told CNN she could see law enforcement officers including police SWAT teams deployed in the area.
Colorado Springs, about 70 miles south of Denver, was the scene of a mass shooting on Oct. 31 in which a gunman killed three people near downtown before they were killed in a shootout with police.
The city is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Olympic training center.