Read The Chilling Police Transcripts From The Planned Parenthood Shooting

The mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has recently sparked a debate. While police have stated unequivocally that “the entire incident took place at the Planned Parenthood clinic,” and neighboring Chase bank announced that the shooting had nothing to do with their building, the right wing has been desperately clinging to the mistaken belief that this was not a terrorist attack against Planned Parenthood — it was a bank robbery gone wrong. Unfortunately for the right, transcripts of police radio prove otherwise.

Not only do the transcripts demonstrate that this was an attack on a Planned Parenthood facility, but they show that this attack was premeditated. Before entering the building, the shooter set up propane tanks in the parking lot, presumably to use as explosive devices against any opposition he may encounter. He then fired at police through the windows of the building:

“We got shots fired coming out of Planned Parenthood, get another cruiser up here for cover!”

“We have an officer that’s been shot outside that needs help.”

“Nobody else in the cruiser. Come down here right now by Planned Parenthood. I cannot locate the shooter, it looks like he may be on the hillside or in a wooded area.”

“He is in the Planned Parenthood building firing through the windows.”

“He’s got propane tanks set up in the parking lot on the south side of Planned Parenthood. He hit one of them and it started spraying.”

As police battled the Planned Parenthood attacker, they began to form strategies to rescue the wounded:

“Start loading the Bearcat, we got one officer down behind that building to the south. He’s not moving.”

“We have another officer down by the dumpster.”

“It’s the blue bench with the window right above is where we last took fire. It’s a UCCS officer we’re trying to get.”

“He just took a shot at one of our individuals down here.”

“If you guys are in front of the strip mall you are in the line of fire, get in the building and out of the way.”

“Locking down all the businesses.”

“I think we may be able to extract those victims through the north door of 3470. We have officers there with some shields.”

“White male, 40s, long gray or black coat with either a hat with flaps or a hood with fur.”

At around 3:08 p.m., the transcripts highlight the shooter, who was equipped with an AK-47-style weapon, began shooting at officers through the walls:

“He’s still contained to that area…shooting at us through the wall.”

“To the west of where he’s posted, through the wall we possibly have people in there. We’ve told people to lay flat on the floor, but we’re not sure the message is getting out to everybody so be aware.”

“We can still see the barrel of the gun. It looks up and ready.”

“On the rooftops of the building north…we have two county snipers.” “Copy.”
“Some doors were locked.”

“He should not be able to get in that reception room so right now he’s just sitting at that end of the hallway waiting for some action.”

At 3:38, police began to rescue hostages from the building:

“They already scoped those two civilians up and took them. We’re going to need somebody else to transport these next two.”

“Locked herself in a file room.”

“She is lying on the floor in the south west corner of the filing room. The filing room is just through that wall to the west of the suspects location.”

“Okay we’re working on some plans, I’ll call you as soon as we get access. Working on a plan to try to get her out of that room.”

“We have at least six more standing by for the Bearcat.”

“We had two out of that southwest room and two out of ultrasound room 3, excuse me, three out of ultrasound room 3.

“Taking several non-injured to the VA.”

“They’re probably going to put them into the ambulance as well and they’re going to be transported to the VA unless they’re injured.”

“At the end of that hallway where our suspect is supposed to be, I’ve been advised there are two people in that last room.”

“Trying to come up with a plan.”

“What about if we brought that Bearcat in the same way? Now that you got a photo, continue straight through that door and block that hallway. We’d have him pinned in that corner.”

“We got two teams in that north-south hallway in the central of the building, one on the very south side and one centrally located just to the north of the door that he’s at.”

“We’re going to try to cut through the drywall to communicate with any possible people inside so we’re not close to that window the suspect is.”

Eventually, the shooter surrendered:

“We got no movement on him yet, he’s down in the corner and we know that he’s there. He’s standing up! He’s standing up! Can you advise he has his hands clear.”

“He’s standing up, he’s right in front of that doorway, a quick move to the doorway now he’s walking towards the hallway.”

“We have eyes on him, he is coming towards the front of the business on the south side.”

“We have the snipers.”

“We have one suspect detained right now.”

“He says he’s alone.”

Not only did this person specifically target Planned Parenthood, he set up explosives in the parking lot in preparation for his attack. While conservatives are absolutely certain a bank robbery was involved, Chase tweeted to let people know this was not the case:


Though our friends on the right claim there’s no way to know the shooter is a conservative, neighbors say otherwise. After going to Dear’s home to retrieve two dogs that had gotten loose, neighbor Zigmond Post told Buzzfeed that the shooter began handing him anti-Obama leaflets:

Post said he once went to Dear’s home to retrieve two dogs that had gotten loose. “We were there for a minute and the guy was already handing us anti-Obama pamphlets,” he said. According to Post, Dear said “Obama was ruining the country and needed to be impeached.”

In total, three were killed — including a police officer who was adamantly against abortion but chose to protect the people inside Planned Parenthood anyway — and nine more (including police officers) were injured in the attack. While conservatives celebrate the shooter “saving lives” by attacking the facility, which does not perform abortions, the rest of us are left to wonder how much longer we can allow this rash of mass shootings to go on.

“We can’t let it become normal,” President Obama said in a statement following the attack. “If we truly care about this — if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough.”

Enough is enough, and it is time we take a look at our gun laws to ensure that crazed conservatives with an ax to grind — people like Dylann Roof, Jerad Miller, Robert Lewis Dear, and John Russell Houser — never get near a weapon again.

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