Planned Parenthood Shooting Leaves Nine Injured, Three Dead


Dear is currently being held with no offer of bond at a Colorado Springs jail. This photo is provided by the El Paso County sheriff’s office. “He had a weird look in his eye most of the time.” –Anderson Acres, a former neighbor of Dear.

Savannah Keith, Poetry Editor

A shooting took place before noon on Friday as a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The incident left three dead, and nine injured; the three deceased have been identified as Ke’arre Stewart, age 29, Jennifer Markovsky, age 36, and Garrett Swaysey, a police officer who was shot while responding to a call for help. Of the nine injured, five were officers on the scene.

The shooter, Robert Lewis Dear, had unclear motives as he entered the facility on Friday afternoon. With a history of two charges of both animal abuse and ‘peeping tomery,’ Dear was familiar with the lifestyle of violating the law. However, Friday took the familiarity to new levels.

According to reports, he made statements such as “no more baby parts” along with rambling about the current president, Obama. He was known by neighbors to be strange—a kind of person “you had to watch out for,” according to one neighbor. Anonymous sources who knew Dear alluded to his odd nature of talking about “working with the government” and how “everybody was out to get him, and he knew the secrets of the USA.” He would make threats, such as “[having] enough information to put the whole [U.S.A] in danger.” His ex-wife, Pamela Ross, described him as a “generally conservative” individual and claimed he kept guns in the house.

The shooting began just before noon on Friday and ended five hours later, around 5 pm, when SWAT finally cornered the man. Propane was found near the scene of the car owned by Dear, and it is believed his intentions may have also involved bombing the center.

The horrible events of mid-Friday have been called a “Crime against women,” by Colorado Springs’ mayor, John Suthers. “You can certainly infer what (the motive) may have been in terms of where it took place and the manner in which it took place.”