New details about Robert Lewis Dear, the 57-year-old man who attacked a Planned Parenthood on Friday, suggest that Dear may have been motivated by anti-abortion sentiments, and may also be mentally ill.
The attack, which left three dead and nine wounded, took place at a clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and lasted over five hours until Dear abruptly surrendered.
After he was taken into questioning Dear reportedly said the phrase “no more baby parts,” according to two law enforcement sources who spoke to NBC News.
Dear also reportedly talked about President Obama, referenced his opposition to abortion, and “appears to be mentally disturbed.”
Personally, Dear seems to have a bizarre history. The Associated Press spoke to several neighbors who gave details about his life:
Other former neighbors told the AP that Dear hid food in the woods, sometimes lived in a cabin in North Carolina with no electricity or running water and said he made a living off selling prints of his uncle’s paintings of Southern plantations and the Masters golf tournament.
James Russell, who lived near Dear’s cabin told the AP that alleged gunman tended to avoid eye contact, but if he did communicate, he mostly rambled about things that didn’t make sense. “If you talked to him, nothing with him was very cognitive,” Russell said.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Springs community is mourning the tragedy, and several politicians have called for tighter gun security measures in its wake. Others, however, have noticeably stayed mum.