Ex-Wife Alleges Planned Parenthood Shooter Had Targeted A Clinic Before

AP

The man suspected of gunning down three people and injuring nine others Friday at a Colorado Planned Parenthood facility allegedly targeted the organization before, according to his ex-wife.

NBC News reported that Barbara Mescher Michaux was married to the suspect, Robert Lewis Dear, Jr., from 1985 to 1993. Michaux told the news outlet Tuesday that Dear had put glue in the locks of a Planned Parenthood clinic near where they were living “over 20 years ago.”

Michaux added that she believed her ex-husband specifically targeted the Colorado Springs clinic last week.

“For him to plan this and go there, he meant to go there,” she told NBC News. “There is no doubt in my mind.”

An anonymous person who’d spoken at length with Dear about his religious beliefs previously told The New York Times that the suspect praised anti-abortion extremists and said those who attacked abortion providers were doing “God’s work.”

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