"If you talked to him, nothing with him was very cognitive," neighbor says of Robert Lewis Dear
as motive remains unclear in attack on clinic.
Robert Dear photo released by Colorado Springs police department
Officials were not immediately able to establish a motive for the deadly shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday. But on Saturday, a picture of the suspected gunman, Robert Lewis Dear, began to emerge.
Dear is the top suspect in a shooting that left three people dead, including police officer Garrett Swasey, and injured nine others. Police said the gunman used a “long gun," according to witnesses and AK-47.
The city of Colorado Springs confirmed his identity on Saturday morning and released a booking photo of the bearded 57-year-old from North Carolina. He is suspected of opening fire at the women’s health clinic just before noon on Friday, the beginning of an hours-long standoff with police.
Colorado Springs police lieutenant Catherine Buckley said on Friday it was too early to determine the suspect’s motive.
James Russell, who lives down the mountain from Dear’s cabin in North Carolina, told the Associated Press that when Lewis spoke with him he would ramble, avoid eye contact and not make sense. Russell said he had not spoken to Lewis about issues such as abortion or religion.
Dear’s North Carolina cabin is outside Asheville, though he is also said to have lived in a house in nearby Swannanoa . His neighbor said the cabin had no running water or electricity.
“If you talked to him, nothing with him was very cognitive – topics all over place,” said Russell.
Colorado’s Park County sheriff’s office said the shooting suspect also had a residence in Hartsel, Colorado. It was closed to public access on Saturday morning.
According to public records, Dear has lived in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia and has a record of brushes with the law . In South Carolina in January 2003, he was arrested on two counts of animal cruelty. He was found not guilty by Colleton County court.
In the same county in 2002, Dear faced a misdemeanor charge for “peeping tom, eavesdropping or peeping”. The charges were dismissed at a preliminary hearing.
So -- when you talk to this wackjob, he doesn't make eye contact, doesn't make any sense. BUT THE MUTHAHFUKAH WAS ABLE TO BUY AN AK-47 AND AMMO.
Neighbor says this wackadoodle handed out anti-Obama literature. Why am I not surprised?
Details about Robert Lewis Dear Jr., the suspect in yesterday’s shootings at the Planned Parenthood office in Colorado Springs, are beginning to emerge, and it’s already pretty clear where this is headed.
Buzzfeed News spoke to one of Dear’s neighbors and learned that Dear gave the neighbor anti-Obama pamphlets and said Obama was “ruining the country and needed to be impeached.”
Zigmond Post, who told BuzzFeed News he was a neighbor of Dear’s in Hartsel, said the man once gave him anti-Obama pamphlets.
Post said he once went to Dear’s home to retrieve two dogs that had gotten loose. “We were there for a minute and the guy was already handing us anti-Obama pamphlets,” he said. According to Post, Dear said “Obama was ruining the country and needed to be impeached.”