New York police send vehicles to Planned Parenthood clinics across city

A Planned Parenthood building in New York on Aug 31.
A Planned Parenthood building in New York on Aug 31. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The New York Police Department said it has redeployed vehicles to Planned Parenthood locations throughout the city on Friday (Nov 27) in the wake of a shooting at a clinic in Colorado, although there were no specific threats made.

"As a precautionary measure, the New York City Police Department has redeployed Critical Response Vehicles to Planned Parenthood locations throughout the city," police said in a statement. "There are currently no specific threats to any New York City locations at this time."

Police arrested the gunman who stormed a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday (Nov 27) and opened fire with a rifle in an attack that left three people dead and nine others injured, authorities said.

 

The dead included one police officer and two civilians, Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey told reporters about an hour after the suspect had been captured. All nine surviving victims - five police officers and four civilians - were listed in good condition at area hospitals, Carney said.

The suspect first engaged in a protracted gun battle with police but ultimately surrendered to officers inside the building about five hours after the start of the violence, which played out under a steady snowfall in Colorado's second-largest city.

A Reuters photographer at the scene saw a man in a white T-shirt, with his hands cuffed behind his back, being taken out of an armoured police vehicle and placed in an unmarked squad car.

Police declined to discuss the gunman's motivations. But the president of the Rocky Mountains chapter of Planned Parenthood, Vicki Cowart, suggested a climate of rancor surrounding abortion in the United States sets the stage for such violence.

"We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country," she said.