As law enforcement begin the arduous task of uncovering the motive in a shooting rampage at Planned Parenthood, some sources are suggesting the clinic itself could have been the target.
Law enforcement have not confirmed any motives, and any suggestions of one have come from unnamed sources who have not gone on record. Authorities have stressed that the crime scene is complex, and that they are nowhere near answering the question "why?"
"There are a lot of moving parts with the crime scene, and literally dozens and dozens and dozens of victims and witness," Colorado Springs police Chief Carey told media in a briefing Saturday.
Neighbors who lived near the suspect in North Carolina said 57-year-old Robert L. Dear was an odd loner who didn't seem to have any apparent political or religious leanings.
However, law enforcement sources told CBS and CNN that the suspect expressed anti-abortion and anti-government leanings after his arrest. He also allegedly stated that there were "no more baby parts" after his surrender.
The source told CNN that none of this means the suspect was motivated to go on a shooting spree because of views on abortion. Like Chief Carey, he said it's way too early in the investigation to confirm a motive.
Dear is currently being held in the El Paso County jail without bond, and will make his first court appearance via video camera on Monday. Dear was arrested shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, hours after shots were reported near a shopping center on Centennial Boulevard and Fillmore Street in Colorado Springs. Officers later confirmed the situation began at the Planned Parenthood next to the shopping center. Police were first called to the scene around 11:38 a.m. on Friday.
In the hours that followed, 12 people were shot, including five law enforcement officers. One of those officers, Garrett Swasey, 44, was killed. Swasey was a six-year veteran of the UCCS Police Department. The names of the two other people killed have not been released.
Dear reportedly once lived in a hermit shanty in the mountains of North Carolina, his only companion a mangy dog according to neighbors. CNN obtained records that show he was married in 1997, when he was accused of domestic assault. No charges were filed then, and charges were dropped six years later when he was accused of being a peeping tom.
At the time of Friday's shootings, Dear was living in Hartsel, a small town in Park County, Colorado roughly 80 minutes from the crime scene. A dozen law enforcement a fire vehicles swarmed the area around his small white trailer Saturday. Law enforcement deployed robots into his home, according to our partners at The Gazette. It's unclear what they found inside. Neighbors said they heard popping sounds before the robots went in.
The suspect in Friday's shootings allegedly carried a long rifle and left a duffel bag outside his car. Sources told CBS the suspect also left propane tanks outside his car.