ABC News(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- Two civilians and one police officer were killed at the Planned Parenthood building in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday. The gunman has been detained, according to the Colorado Springs police department, and nine individuals, including five police officers, have been wounded.
The deceased officer was on the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) police department. In a statement released by the university, the fallen officer has been identified as Garrett Swasey, 44. He was on the UCCS police department for six years.
"UCCS is working with Officer Swasey’s family and continues to support the Colorado Springs Police Department at the shooting scene," said university chancellor Pam Shockley Zalabak in the statement.
Police said that the nine victims were taken to local hospitals for gunshot wounds. All are in good condition at this time, police said.
“There is a huge crime scene that has to be processed and we have to determine how many victims there are," Mayor John Suthers told reporters Friday evening.
The "active shooter" situation at the Planned Parenthood building lasted for roughly five hours Friday afternoon. Police have not released the name of the shooter. The suspect, a male, had brought "items" with him into the Planned Parenthood building. Police said they do not know what the items were.
The standoff came to an end when police officers were able to gain entry to the building and began shouting to communicate with the suspect, according to Colorado Springs Lt. Catherine Buckley. It was then that officers got "him to surrender and he was taken into custody" at 4:52 p.m. local time, Buckley said.
Police are still working to clear the Planned Parenthood building and said they are treating it "as a crime scene." Officials are also working to help anyone in the surrounding buildings who set up barricades during the standoff.
"This is still very much unfolding for us," Buckley said.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper released the following statement: “We hold the Colorado Springs community in our thoughts and prayers. The bravery and courage of local law enforcement officers have prevented a dire situation from being far worse, and we are all grateful. We are in contact with Mayor Suthers. All state Public Safety resources are at the ready, if and when needed.”
President Obama was briefed on the shooting, a White House official confirmed, and the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are assisting in the investigation.
Police initially responded to a call of shots fired in the Planned Parenthood at 11:38 a.m. local time on Friday. The shooter had a "long gun" of some type. Police said there was just one suspect.
“Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the brave law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm's way in Colorado Springs," said Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards in a statement. "We are profoundly grateful for their heroism in helping to protect all women, men and young people as they access basic health care in this country.”
Police said the connection between the shooting and Planned Parenthood was not clear.
Cops have asked residents to avoid the area near Centennial Boulevard and West Fillmore Street. They also tweeted that a stretch of Centennial Boulevard, from Garden of Gods Road to Fillmore, has been closed in both directions.
iStock/Thinkstock(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- A woman inside the Planned Parenthood near a shooting in Colorado Springs called her brother while shots were being fired, he said.
Joan Motolinia spoke to ABC News and said that he got a call from his sister as the shooting was happening.
Motolinia said his sister, whose name he did not share, had an appointment at the Planned Parenthood.
"I heard the shots so I got really scared for my sister," he said. "As soon as I heard the shots, she hung up on me, and I didn't try to call her back, I didn't want to risk her life."
Motolinia said that he heard about three shots fired.Colorado Springs police said the shooter is not contained, and the total number of injuries have not been released but police have confirmed that four officers have been injured.
Vicki Cowart, the president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, released a statement saying "our concern is for the safety of our patients, staff and law enforcement."
The Gold Family(NEW ORLEANS) --New surveillance video shows a clearer picture of the moments leading up to the shooting of 25-year-old Tulane medical student Peter Gold as he stepped in to help a woman who was being dragged by a man on a New Orleans street last Friday.
In the video, the suspect is seen getting out of a SUV and crossing the street. Once out, he goes towards the vehicle with the victim under his arm. But, as he approaches the car, the woman falls to the sidewalk in a struggle, and the suspect snatches her purse and gets into the driver’s seat.
Peter Gold is seen stopping his car in the middle of the street and getting out to help the victim. The suspect, identified Monday by police as 21-year-old Euric Cain, then gets out of his car and shoots Gold, who is seen backed up against the wall with his hands up.
As Gold lies on the ground clutching his stomach, the gunman tries to shoot him again but, fiddles with a gun that appears to be jammed. After that, he drives off in his SUV, leaving Gold and the woman on the sidewalk.
Concerned Good Samaritans are then seen running toward them to help.
Cain faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery, police said Monday. A $12,500 reward had been offered for information leading up to his arrest.
Cain was also arrested earlier this month for possession of a stolen cellphone during a carjacking, police said. He has not entered a plea according to court records.
"Now he will likely spend the rest of his life in jail, as he should," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said of Cain during a news conference Monday.
Gold was in stable condition as of Wednesday.
Tulane President, Mike Fitts said Friday, the student is expected to make a full recovery.
"I ask that you keep Peter and his family in your thoughts and prayers," Fitts said. "He is an outstanding student who represents the best of Tulane in every possible way."
“Doesn’t surprise me that he would have pulled over his car and attempted to save somebody," Gold’s friend and classmate Ryan O’Halloran told ABC News.
“He’s a great guy,” O’Halloran continued, adding that Gold is “a guy who generally always has your back."
Gold’s family gave ABC News the following statement: “While we deeply appreciate everyone’s concern, support and prayers as our family faces this crisis, our sole focus at this time is on Peter’s recovery. We ask that everyone respect our need for privacy while we join Peter as he begins to recover from the injuries he has sustained."
Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Hundreds of protesters indignant at police brutality in Chicago took to the city's popular "Magnificent Mile" shopping district on Black Friday, mere days after the release of dash cam video showing a police officer firing 16 shots at Laquan McDonald.
Chanting "Stop the cover up, 16 shots" and "Black power," demonstrators marched through rain and mist along Michigan Avenue, shutting down the avenue's northbound lanes and partially blocking the southbound lane as shoppers stood in the sidewalks.
Friday's protest is one of many that occurred in the city this week after police released two different videos of the Oct. 20, 2014 shooting following a court order. Some protesters are calling for the resignation of CPD Commissioner Garry McCarthy.
Religious, youth and union leaders are expected to be part of the event. Organizers from different groups called protesters to gather at three different locations between Pioneer Court and Water Tower along "Magnificent Mile," ABC News station WLS in Chicago reported.
Laquan McDonald died in a hospital after Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke allegedly shot him 16 times last year. Van Dyke, who had been on administrative duty since the shooting last October, was charged with murder on Tuesday. The officer, a 14-year veteran of the police department, had a history of civilian complaints of misconduct, according to data obtained by the Chicago-based watchdog group the Invisible Institute.
Van Dyke's attorney has said the officer feared for his life when he fired at McDonald and that the case should be tried in the courtroom, not in social media or on city streets. Van Dyke's next court appearance is on Nov. 30.
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.) -- A California man was asked to leave an American Airlines flight because of his size.
Chris Shelley, an engineer from Huntington Beach, Calif., was flying from Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., on Nov. 20 when an airline employee approached him and demanded he exit the airplane after another passenger complained, Shelley told ABC News today.
Shelley, a frequent flyer of American Airlines, was already sitting in the middle seat when an elderly lady sat in the aisle seat next to him, Shelley said.
“She put her luggage away and sat down, and immediately started to squirm” before getting up from her seat, Shelley said.
Moments later, an airline employee, who Shelley believes was a gate agent, “abruptly” told him to grab his stuff and leave the plane because the elderly woman complained that he was “too big,” according to Shelley.
Shelley, who said he is not “overly obese” and has never had a problem fitting into an airplane seat before, asked to see the employee’s manager.
“They started to give my seat away so I asked if anybody bothered to ask the lady to switch seats with me,” Shelley said, adding that he was able to remain on the flight when the woman agreed to switch seats.
Shelley immediately filed a complaint and received three emails from the airline and a call from a customer service agent, he said, but none contained an apology from the employee, pilot or manager, which is what Shelley said he really wants.
A spokesperson for American Airlines told ABC News today that the airline is investigating what happened on-board and will “ensure similar circumstances are handled better in the future.”
The spokesperson added: “We apologize to Mr. Shelley for his experience on a recent flight with us. We always aim to give our all of our customers the best possible travel experience and we fell short of that with Mr. Shelley while trying to accommodate another passenger.”
Shelley said he may stop flying with American Airlines after the incident.
(CHICAGO) — A convicted felon was arrested in connection with the "unspeakable" murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in Chicago, police announced Friday — one of "at least three" suspects allegedly involved in the case, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday.
The suspect, Corey Morgan, 27, was charged with first-degree murder in the "execution" of Tyshawn, who police said was lured to an alley and shot several times in the upper body, including the head and the chest, on Nov. 2.
This is not Morgan's first encounter with police — he is a convicted felon and registered gang member, McCarthy said. Just a few weeks ago, police said they picked him up with a firearm.
The status of the case was not clear.
McCarthy described Morgan as an individual with "extensive violent criminal history who likely shouldn't have been on the streets."
Of the other two suspects, one — whom police did not name — is in custody on a gun charge unrelated to Tyshawn's killing and is expected to be charged with first-degree murder. The suspect has not yet been formally charged.
An arrest warrant on first-degree murder charges will be issued for the third suspect, who police Friday identified as Kevin Edwards.
One of the suspects was a driver, another was the triggerman, but it was not clear which of the suspects was allegedly responsible for which role.
Police said identifying the suspects was possible because of community intelligence and detective work.
"There was a lot of fear," he said, praising the community for coming forward with information.
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The North Lawn of the White House went on lockdown Thursday after a man identified as Joseph Caputo jumped over the fence and was taken into custody, authorities said.
“Today, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Joseph Caputo scaled over the north fence line of the White House Complex gaining access to the North Grounds," U.S. Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback wrote in an email Thursday. "Caputo was immediately apprehended and taken into custody."
The initial charge against Caputo is unlawful entry. However, this will most likely be changed and more charges could be added against him.
After going over the fence, Caputo, draped with an American flag, was quickly apprehended and taken into custody.
Authorities searched him inside the White House perimeter before taking him to an awaiting police vehicle.
The White House was on lockdown for three hours and Pennsylvania Avenue was cleared of pedestrians. The south fence line was also temporarily closed.
The incident happened while the First Family was at home and months after the Secret Service took numerous steps to improve security at the White House, including adding a short bike rack fence and spikes atop a fence lining the perimeter of the complex.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Parents in New York City witnessed their worst nightmare come true when a thief was caught creeping around their home on Wednesday morning, a police report said.
Prior to getting in the Flushing, Queens home, the burglar was caught on a surveillance video outside around 2.20 a.m., the New York City Police department said.
The footage released by police, documents the suspect crawling around with a knife in his mouth and skulking around the house for approximately 30 minutes, ABC news owned station, WABC in New York reported.
In addition to that, the video shows the suspect going into the owner's bedroom and taking a Samsung S6 cellphone that was sitting on top of a dresser.
WABC said, the burglar fled on foot when the 42-year-old resident woke up and shouted at him.
Police describe the suspect as 6’2” and 200 pounds. At the time of entry, "he was wearing all black and a black snow cap with 'diamond' in red and white letting on it," the report stated.
"[The neighborhood] changed,” the owner told WABC. “We have to check all the doors and windows.”
iStock/Thinkstock(OPHIR, Colo.) -- Two brothers feared the worst for each other’s fate when they triggered separate avalanches while skiing in the backcountry of Ophir, Colorado.
On Wednesday, Brian Holmes, 26, triggered the first avalanche when he started his descent near Waterfall Canyon in Ophir, police said. His 27-year-old brother, Alex Holmes, told police that he triggered a second avalanche when he tried to ski down to search for Brian and left the area to go for help.
Police and rescue volunteers began their search for the brothers around 1 p.m., authorities said. Around the same time, dispatchers received a call from Brian’s cellphone and heard someone breathing, but nothing else.
Brian later told police that he slid about 1,000 feet down the mountain and landed on his back. He said most of his body was covered in snow, other than his face and one arm. He was able to get himself out of the snow in 10 to 15 minutes, police said.
"He then began searching for his brother, whom he thought was dead," police said.
After searching for about an hour, Brian made his way down to the town of Ophir around 2 p.m. He was taken to Telluride Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Rector said in a report that given the wind and worsening conditions, it’s not surprising that an avalanche was triggered.
“The [San Juan mountain range] in general can represent some of the most tenuous snow conditions on the continent, he said. “Given the circumstances and nature of the slide, this skier is extremely fortunate.”
iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- New dash cam footage released from the night of teen Laquan McDonald's fatal shooting by police shows the teen running from a cop car.
This blurry footage, taken from the dash camera in officer Jason Van Dyke's patrol car, shows the 17-year-old running from the vehicle.
The video from the night of Oct. 20, 2014, released by police, ends less than 30 seconds before Van Dyke began shooting McDonald.
Van Dyke, who has since been charged with first degree murder is accused of shooting McDonald 16 times in a 14 to 15 second span, authorities said.
Footage from another police car's dash cam, which arrived at the scene less than one minute after McDonald, shows the teen lying on the ground. He later died at a hospital.
The footage from Van Dyke's camera comes two days after Chicago police released the initial footage of McDonald being fatally shot. The police released that footage, against the wishes of McDonald's family, after a court order.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- It's the largest police force in the country with about 60,000 employees, and now U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the first to conduct a massive experiment to test the use of body cameras along the United States borders.
Agents have been testing different models of body cameras as part of an initiative to reduce use of force -- and it’s these cameras that are the most controversial part of a new 18-month retraining program ordered by reform Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske.
“People get concerned," Kerlikowske said. “Is it going to be used to catch me doing something wrong?”
The training program and body cameras were the former Seattle police chief’s response to a series of "use of force" complaints that came before he took office, from the beating and tazing of Antonio Hernandez Rojas -- which in this case the U.S. Justice Department ruled the agents broke no laws and did not prosecute -- to the shooting of 16-year-old Jose Rodriguez, who was standing on the Mexican side at the time accused of rock throwing but who witnesses say was an innocent bystander.
The Southern Border Communities Coalition accuses the agency of 40 deaths due to excessive force by the Border Patrol since 2010.
In response, the Border Patrol cited a 26 percent reduction in use of force incidents in fiscal year 2016.
"There are times in law enforcement when some level of force must be used to safeguard the public or protect an officer or agent," the agency said. "Any use of force must be justified and consistent with CBP policy. There is no apprehension -- no seizure, no arrest, and no pursuit -- is worth the risk of injury or death to either CBP personnel or those with whom we come in contact."
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Kerlikowske said the incidents and resulting publicity have harmed his agency's credibility -- something he plans to fix.
“We knew we had this amount of scrutiny, the amount of attention, and, frankly, the lack of being able to work with the public as a result of that increased suspicion that the agents are involved in excessive force when, in fact, it’s a dangerous environment and they show great restraint,” he said.
He believes that installing more cameras at the border crossings, in vehicles, and on the bodies of his officers will vindicate the majority of his agents, while holding the overly aggressive accountable.
Today, the United States spends $18 billion a year on border control -- more spent on agents, technology and weapons than ever before.
There are more than 8,000 cameras watching the border wall, watching the ports of entry and watching above from helium balloons. Soon, there will be body cameras on agents themselves at an estimated cost of tens of millions of dollars.
The body cam program is about to begin a second pilot program designed to address objections from the agents' union that the cameras are hurting morale and making it harder for them to do their jobs -- and the challenges the cameras face in the harsh environment Border Patrol agents work.
Despite those challenges, Kerlikowske believes they will be a benefit for all involved.
“In the long run, more cameras will prove that over and over again, these agents treat people the way I’ve seen them treat people: in a very humane way,” he said.
Additionally, Kerlikowske has placed what he calls a relentless focus on tactics, on new policy, on new equipment and on training since taking office, with body cameras constituting just one part of that effort.
Another part of that effort: a training center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where new state of the art simulators with 300-degree screens allow agents to train in troublesome real life scenarios they could potentially face while on the job, including everything from an active shooter situation in a movie theater to encounters with smugglers at the border to rock throwing incidents.
“The more that we can expose them to these kinds of things the better for us, and, frankly, the better for the public," Kerlikowske said.
For the first time, Border Patrol agents under Kerlikowske are being trained to use less violent means of controlling the frontier. He believes that a gun isn’t always the best choice.
“The strategy is that we want to give the agents as many tools as possible,” Kerlikowske said.
Under his leadership, Borer Patrol agents are now armed with a wide variety of non-lethal bullets, pepper powders, and chemical sprays.
“Now we have a range of tools, some that can give us quite a bit of distance between ourselves and the suspect,” Kerlikowske said.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- New York Police are showing up in droves to protect the record-breaking crowd expected at Thursday's Thanksgiving parade in the city.
The "thousands and thousands" of officers that Mayor Bill de Blasio said are going to be protecting the parade on Thursday will range from uniformed patrols to officers in plainclothes.
The concern over the crowd comes as so-called "soft targets" have come under scrutiny after the shootings and bombings in Paris and Mali in recent weeks. But officials, including President Obama, have said there were no specific threats.
At the parade, there will be members of the heavily armed and elite Hercules team as well as members of the city's new counter terror force and critical response command who will also be heavily armed.
Bomb-sniffing police dogs and radiation detectors will also be used to locate any dirty bombs.
De Blasio said that it will mark "the most NYPD presence we've ever had for one of these parades."
"We are ready here today and I have to tell you, the people of the city are voting with their feet: we're going to see millions of people here today meaning they are feeling safe and secure," de Blasio said during a press conference along the parade route.
Walt Disney World Resort(NEW YORK) -- Two military families, who formed an unlikely bond at a Virginia post office while a member of one was deployed in Afghanistan, were reunited at Walt Disney World for an unforgettable Thanksgiving surprise on “Good Morning America.”
Petty Officer Shannon Thompson and his wife, Irene, live at the naval air station in Lemoore, California with their two young daughters. In 2010, the couple was living in Salem, Va., when Shannon was deployed to Afghanistan with Second Battalion First Marines. “I was definitely concerned with how she was gonna handle, you know, being two parents at one time,” Shannon, a Navy Corpsman, told ABC News.
Irene stayed in Virginia with their 4-year-old daughter Alanna.
“It was scary,” she said. “Thinking about him going to a war zone [is] nerve wracking...because you don't know what's going on.”
Irene was living with her in-laws, but it was when she went to mail a package to her husband overseas, she struck up a surprising friendship.
“I had to get some help filling out the form because I didn't know what to do,” she told ABC News. Postal clerk Ron Johnson, 53, who served 6 years in the Air Force beginning in April 1983, was working that day and helped Irene mail the package.
“I remember she came in and [she] had no clue as to what to do and how to send these things overseas. And [I] just took her in and helped her you know get everything done to get the package mailed to her husband,” Johnson said. “As time went on, every time she came in, we'd talk more and more about her husband and her kid and family and just kind of built a little relationship there.”
The friendship became a source of great comfort for Irene.
“Being prior military himself, [Ron] knew kind of what it was like going through what I was going through,” she recalled. “I would wait to get in his line and go to his register, so I could just talk to him and you know give him an update and let him know how things were going. There was a period of time one time while [Shannon] was deployed I didn't speak to him for five weeks. He told me, he said, 'With military no news is good news. So if you haven't heard from him, he's OK. So that kind of made me feel better.”
The clerk's advice helped Irene more than he could ever know.
Shannon, who remains on active duty, made it home safely in May 2011, and although the Thompson's lost touch with Johnson when they moved to California shortly afterwards, they never forgot the impact his kindness had on their family.
They were thrilled for the opportunity to offer an incredible "thank you" to Johnson at Walt Disney World, where Ron learned that he and his fiancee, Kat, were being made Grand Marshals of the Disney parade in the Magic Kingdom.
After enjoying the parade up-close, the families boarded a boat together for a chance to catch up and take in the sights when they reached the pier at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
A Thanksgiving feast was the backdrop for their incredible reunion five years in the making, and as friendships rekindled, a huge "thank you" was delivered at long last in a magical way.
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