Alleged shooter not connected with pro-lifers

December 7, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - A priest who celebrates Mass every Friday morning on a sidewalk near the Planned Parenthood clinic targeted by a lone gunman Nov. 27 said the shooter's actions were the antithesis of the pro-life cause.

"We want the conversion of Planned Parenthood, not their destruction," said Father Bill Carmody. "The pro-life movement has no place for violence."

The attack on the clinic left three people dead, including a police officer, and nine wounded.

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, was arrested in connection with the shootings and was to appear in court Nov. 30.

The clinic is the frequent site of pro-life prayer vigils and other activities, leading several national media outlets to speculate that Dear was a member of the pro-life movement.

However, Carmody said he did not recall ever having seen or spoken to Dear.

Others who regularly pray outside the clinic also said they did not recall seeing Dear at any pro-life events.