Neighbors say Colorado Spring Planned Parenthood clinic shooting suspect was quiet

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By: Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The latest on the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. (All times local):

8 a.m.

The man who police say attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado had lived part of the time in a cabin with no electricity or running water in the North Carolina mountains.

His neighbors in Black Mountain said Robert Lewis Dear kept mostly to himself. But James Russell said when Dear did talk, it was a rambling combination of a number of topics that didn’t make sense together and he tended to avoid eye contact.

Two topics Russell said he never heard Dear talk about were religion or abortion.

Dear’s cabin was a half-mile up a curvy dirt road about 15 miles west of Asheville. A cross made of twigs was nailed to the wall of the pale yellow shack on Saturday.

Dear also spent time in a house in the nearby town of Swannanoa.

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7:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama says the Planned Parenthood shootings show the urgent need “to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons on war” for “people who have no business wielding them.”

“Enough is enough,” Obama says in a statement a day after a gunman killed three people at a Colorado clinic.

Obama says it’s not known what motivated the shooter, but it’s clear “more Americans and their families had fear forced upon them” — and that, the president says, “is not normal. We can’t let it become normal.”

He says 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 America must make it harder to get guns.

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7:20 a.m.

Police have identified the suspect in an attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs as Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina.

The 6-foot-4-inch man was taken into custody Friday after an hourslong standoff and shootout. Jail booking records indicate that Dear is due in court on Monday.

No other details about the suspect were immediately available, including whether he had any connection to Planned Parenthood. Police say three people, including an officer, were killed in the attack.

Lt. Catherine Buckley said Saturday that the items that Dear brought to the scene are “no longer a threat.” She wouldn’t say what the items were or why they were no longer a threat.

Buckley says investigators expect to study the crime scene for several days.