DENVER — A man who acknowledged killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic told a television station Wednesday that the shooting was spur-of-the-moment, and that he targeted the reproductive health organization because it's "murdering little babies."
In a phone call from jail, Robert Lewis Dear told KCNC-TV he didn't plan the Nov. 27 shooting in Colorado Springs that also left nine people injured.
Dear said he thinks FBI agents were following him that morning, and they tipped off employees that he was headed to the clinic. He said the law enforcement agency had been harassing him for years, breaking into his rural Colorado trailer and cutting holes in his clothes.
"I felt like they were going to get me, and so I am going to pick where I am going to make my last stand, and I picked Planned Parenthood because it's murdering little babies," Dear said. "Well, when I got there, of course, those guys knew I was armed, knew everything about me. They slither off like snakes and they get the local cops to do their dirty work, so that's why the shootout was there."
Denver FBI spokeswoman Deborah Sherman declined to comment, citing a gag order in case.
Prosecutors have charged Dear, 57, with 179 counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder, assault and other crimes.