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Colorado Springs businesses open after shooting

Posted at 10:08 AM, Dec 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 11:08:54-05

The man accused of killing three people and injuring nine others at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs made his first court appearance Monday. 

Robert Dear Jr., 57, faced a judge via video conference. He is being held on the initial murder charge with formal charges scheduled to be filed next week. 

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A police officer, Iraqi war veteran and mother of two have been identified as the shooting victims. 

Investigators have not determined a motive. Dear reportedly made anti-abortion comments when he was arrested, saying he didn't want to see any more "baby parts."

The shooting scene is about five miles away from the El Paso County Courthouse. Planned Parenthood remained closed Monday, as investigators combed through the hillside. The clinic's parking lot was surrounded by crime scene tape and a blue tarp covered the entrance. 

Businesses in a nearby shopping center say it was a slow weekend for sales, but they understand why shoppers did not come.

"They finally opened the gates and stuff, because yesterday they had this all taped off," said Dennis Mooney, who works at the liquor store in the shopping center. 

Mooney was working there Friday when he heard the initial gunshots. 

Flowers and handwritten notes can be found at the entrance -- the first things customers see when they pull into the area. 

"I didn't come yesterday and I could have," said one woman headed to the grocery store. "Just didn't want to be in the area." 

The somber mood made it hard for people to get back to 'normal,' especially knowing Dear was in court just down the road. Locals are already talking about the possibility he could face the death penalty. 

"I don't think an eye for an eye justifies anything," said Mooney. "In any case."

It could be weeks before the prosecution announces if it will seek the death penalty.

In court Monday, Dear was represented by public defender Dan King, who also represented James Holmes in the Aurora theater shooting trial. Holmes faced the death penalty, but was sentenced to life in prison.