Stand With Planned Parenthood Tweets Of Solidarity Are Back Following The Colorado Springs Shooting
Update: Around 5 p.m. local time Friday, a gunman who opened fire at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was arrested and taken into police custody alive, according to Mayor John Suthers. Late Friday evening, a law enforcement source told CNN the gunman was Robert Lewis Dear. At least 11 people were taken to hospitals for treatment, including five officers, authorities said. The Colorado Springs Police Department has confirmed that three victims, one Colorado Springs police officer and two civilians, have died.
Earlier: A gunman reportedly entered a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs late Friday morning, withdrew a gun, and began opening fire. Four police officers have been injured, along with countless other civilians. The shooter has reportedly placed items inside and outside of the building and the many businesses around the office are currently on lockdown. Planned Parenthood has been the primary location of this shooting and appears to have been targeted by the gunman, whose motives and identity are currently unknown. The news has made national headlines and has prompted the return of the #StandWithPP hashtag.
Prior to this tragic incident, #StandWithPP began trending following the threat of significant funding cuts to the organization as Congress looked towards passing a new budget. Now, the hashtag is being used as a means of showing support for those affected by the Colorado Springs shooting and the reproductive care provider as a whole. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton tweeted her support, along with a statement from Planned Parenthood CEO and President Vicki Cowart. "At this time, our concern is for the safety of our patients, staff and law enforcement. This is a developing situation and we'll continue to share updates as we have them," Cowart said.
Over 5,000 tweets have been posted with the #StandWithPP hashtag on Friday. Model Chrissy Teigen sent out a series of tweets showing her support for Planned Parenthood and encouraging others to donate as well. "Every time shit like this happens, John and I immediately make another donation to Planned Parenthood," Teigen tweeted before tweeting out a donation link. Indeed, there are many ways to help Planned Parenthood, including donating and volunteering.
It's unclear how many Planned Parenthood staff members or patients have been affected by the shooting in Colorado Springs. Recent reports at the scene suggest that the gunman has been captured and is currently in police custody. In an earlier press conference, Colorado Springs Lt. Catherine Buckley stated that police would be looking into what the gunman had left inside and outside of Planned Parenthood to determine whether or not the items pose a threat to facility. This incident is far from over and #StandWithPP tweets are continuing to flood social media. The massive amount of support that Planned Parenthood is currently receiving on Twitter is a reminder of the organization's vast impact around the country.