COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Planned Parenthood and Chase bank remain closed off to the public tonight as law enforcement continues their investigation into what could possibly take several more days if not weeks.
Just two days after a deadly standoff with 57-year-old Robert Dear ended, the scene at Planned Parenthood remains active.
Multiple cars still sit in front of the building as police continue to gather more evidence from Friday’s shooting.
Police cars remain on Centennial Boulevard closing the road off to public traffic while other squad cars were in the process of being towed due to damage.
The five hour standoff resulted in the death of three people, including UCCS police officer Garrett Swasey. The other two civilians are being preliminary identified as Jennifer Markovsky and Ke’arre Marcell Stewart.
Tonight a memorial stands to remember those who lost their lives and to honor the officials who valiantly and courageously answered the call to action, including staff members inside that planned parenthood.
“Women and men did what they needed to do to protect everybody in that building,” said Vicki Cowart,CEO and President of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains they got them into safe spaces, they got them into lock down and they waited.”
The status of patients inside that clinic remains unknown but as for members of the staff, they are said to be doing okay.
“All of our staff are okay,” said Cowart. “They’re home, they’re safe, they’re with their families.”
Whether Planned Parenthood was the direct target still remains unclear but the medical provider did release a statement saying in part,
“The PPRM staff acted courageously; ensuring fellow staff, patients, and partners were moved to safe areas of the health center. They are true heroes. What we do know is that our health center has been destroyed. We have a long road ahead of us.”
Centennial Boulevard is now open to travel in both directions but the parking lots at the scene will remain closed.