Recently unsealed court documents detail the disturbing worldview of self-proclaimed “warrior for the babies” Robert L. Dear Jr., who killed three people and left nine wounded in a shooting at the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs last fall. Dear told police he was “upset with them performing abortions and the selling of baby parts.”
After he was arrested, according to an affidavit attached to a search warrant, Dear told police that Paul Jennings Hill, who was executed in 2003, in Florida, for murdering an abortion provider, “was somebody he thought very highly of.”
The documents allege that Dear shot one of his victims as he tried to flee across the parking lot, the New York Times reports. He shot another in the arm after telling her she shouldn’t have come to the clinic.
“He also shot at other officers as they arrived on the scene, and stated he had placed the propane tanks outside and planned on shooting them to make them explode,” a detective’s affidavit, attached to an arrest warrant, read. From the Times:
The names of the victims have been redacted. But an Iraq war veteran, Ke’Arre Stewart, 29, and a mother of two, Jennifer Markovsky, 35, were the two civilians killed.
After shooting his way into the building, Mr. Dear later told investigators, he looked out a tinted window and saw an officer approaching the building with his gun out. Mr. Dear shot that officer through the window. Police identified the officer as Garrett Swasey, a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus officer who was killed after rushing to the scene.