A man many would describe as a religious extremist is in custody in Colorado Springs, Colo., but only after he killed three people, including a police officer and two civilians, and wounded at least nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic, the New York Times reports.
The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, identified the dead officer as Garrett Swasey, 44, who was assisting Colorado Springs police in the incident, USA Today reported.
The alleged shooter was taken into custody in the evening of Friday, November 27, following a long standoff with police during which he barricaded himself inside the clinic. That’s where he shot innocent people and killed them in a flash of terror not unlike similar religion-based violence that plagues our world.
The Associated Press reported a number of people injured, including five police officers, but the AP’s number has not been reported by other sources.
The Gazette reported that the identity of the man taken into custody had been released. He is Robert Lewis Dear.
As we reported, citing the concerns of a Muslim student from Oak Lawn, Illinois, there is very little difference between white Christian terrorists and Arab Muslim terrorists: both use a beautiful religion to mask their real objectives, which include both killing innocent people and claiming a devotion to change the way people live their lives. These motives, of course, have little to do with the actual religion they attach to their terrorist acts.