COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A Roman Catholic priest who holds a weekly Mass in front of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic that was attacked – and who has participated in anti-abortion demonstrations – says the alleged gunman was not part of his group.
The Rev. Bill Carmody said Saturday he does not recognize 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear, who is accused of killing three people and wounding nine others at the clinic Friday.
Typically, 15 to 20 people take part in Carmody’s weekly service, but only about five showed up Friday morning because it was bitter cold and some members were away because of Thanksgiving. Carmody, who has held Mass in front of the clinic for 20 years, says the group left the area more than an hour before the gunfire began.
He says, “We missed all the action, thank God.”