Throughout Friday's six-hour armed standoff at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility that left three dead and nine wounded, social media feasted on the fact the gunman was described as a white man, as WND reported.
It didn't take long for that meager piece of information to morph into "Christian," "pro-lifer," and "Republican," even though authorities had not then -- or even yet -- released any information about the gunman's motive.
So far, Robert Lewis Dear, 57, of Hartsel, Colorado, is disappointing those who tried to stereotype pro-life Christians as terrorists.
No evidence of Dear's involvement or even opinion on the issue of abortion or religion has surfaced. Pro-life groups denounced the shooting and indicated they had neither interacted with or heard of him.
As it turns out, Dear's not even a Republican -- he's registered to vote in Park County, Colorado, as unaffiliated. And as a female!
Voter registration information posted by Gateway Pundit gives Dear's address and notes, "Her voting status is: Active. She is unaffiliated."
A criminal-record check by Independent Journal revealed past arrests in South Carolina for "cruelty to animals," for being a "peeping tom" and two traffic offenses, all more than 10 years ago.
What is known is that Dear moved to Colorado from North Carolina a year ago. Neighbors there told the Washington Post Dear had a history of run-ins with those who lived close by. Some said they found nothing remarkable about him, while others recalled him as delusional and aggressive.
"He was the kind of person you had to watch out for," one neighbor said. "He was a very weird individual. It's hard to explain, but he had a weird look in his eye most of the time."
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"He complained about everything," said another neighbor to the Post. "He said he worked with the government, and everybody was out to get him, and he knew the secrets of the U.S.A. He said, 'Nobody touch me, because I've got enough information to put the whole U.S. of A in danger.' It was very crazy."
His former North Carolina neighbors said Dear's behavior caused them to worry about their children's safety. "He was really tightly wound," one recalled. "You could see that from the stress on his face, from the way he acted."