Planned Parenthood Standoff 'Appears' to Be Domestic Terrorism, Colorado Springs Mayor Says

Law enforcement sources: Dear made rambling comments during incident.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers would not comment on a motive for the shooting. Police haven't released a possible motive or said whether the clinic was the intended target.

"We have a person that’s pretty much off the grid and acting for whatever motivation," Suthers said on ABC's "This Week." "[It's] very hard to ferret out those folks."

The shooting suspect, 57-year-old Robert Dear, entered the clinic Friday, where he engaged in a standoff with police that lasted for hours, authorities said. Three people were killed and at least nine others were injured.

"All indications are this guy, as I say, was off the grid," Suthers said.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News that Dear made rambling comments during the incident, some of which suggested animosity toward the health care provider. They said the Justice Department is building a domestic terrorism case against Dear, though it would only move forward if somehow the state capital case was sidetracked.

Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, said it appears the clinic was targeted. She said she believed a "negative environment" around Planned Parenthood contributed to recent attacks on the health care provider.

Cowart said "Planned Parenthood holds the safety and the well-being of our patients and our staff at the very top of our list," adding that all of the staff at the Colorado Springs clinic escaped uninjured.

She also recognized how those in the building Friday "responded perfectly" to the shooting and standoff.

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