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Questions and answers about the suspect in Planned Parenthood shooting

  • A small shack with no electricity or running water where where Planned Parenthood clinic shooting suspect Robert Lewis Dear spent time, is shown Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, about a half-mile up a twisty dirt road near Black Mountain, N.C. North Carolina neighbors of Dear say he was quiet and when he did speak, he didn't appeared to be all there. Neighbors also say he didn't talk about religion or abortion. Dear also spent time in a trailer in the nearby town of Swannanoa. (AP Photo/Michael Biesecker )

    A small shack with no electricity or running water where where Planned Parenthood clinic shooting suspect Robert Lewis Dear spent time, is shown Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, about a half-mile up a twisty dirt road near Black Mountain, N.C. North Carolina neighbors of Dear say he was quiet and when he did speak, he didn't appeared to be all there. Neighbors also say he didn't talk about religion or abortion. Dear also spent time in a trailer in the nearby town of Swannanoa. (AP Photo/Michael Biesecker )  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Springs shooting suspect Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina is seen in  undated photos provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. A gunman burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 and opened fire, launching several gunbattles and an hourslong standoff with police as patients and staff took cover. By the time the shooter surrendered, at least three people were killed, including a police officer and at least nine others were wounded, authorities said.  (El Paso County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    Colorado Springs shooting suspect Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina is seen in undated photos provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. A gunman burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 and opened fire, launching several gunbattles and an hourslong standoff with police as patients and staff took cover. By the time the shooter surrendered, at least three people were killed, including a police officer and at least nine others were wounded, authorities said. (El Paso County Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS SIGNOFF SOURCE TO EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Colorado Springs shooting suspect Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina is seen in an undated photo provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. A gunman burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 and opened fire, launching several gunbattles and an hours-long standoff with police as patients and staff took cover. By the time the shooter surrendered, at least three people were killed, including a police officer and at least nine others were wounded, authorities said.  (El Paso County Criminal Justice Center via AP)

    CORRECTS SIGNOFF SOURCE TO EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Colorado Springs shooting suspect Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina is seen in an undated photo provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. A gunman burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 and opened fire, launching several gunbattles and an hours-long standoff with police as patients and staff took cover. By the time the shooter surrendered, at least three people were killed, including a police officer and at least nine others were wounded, authorities said. (El Paso County Criminal Justice Center via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Robert Lewis Dear, the suspect in the deadly Planned Parenthood attack in Colorado Springs, frightened neighbors, had several run-ins with police and lived in different remote cabins and trailers tucked into thick woods in North Carolina and Colorado.

Police have not disclosed a motive for the attack, but here is what we know about the 57-year-old suspect:

WHY DO POLICE BELIEVE HE OPENED FIRE?

It's still unclear, but Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said people can make inferences about the motive "from where it took place." Authorities have said little else about a motive. Dear's North Carolina neighbors said they never heard him talk about abortion.

HAS HE BEEN IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW BEFORE?

Dear has had several run-ins with police. In 1997, his then-wife said he hit her and pushed her out a window after locking her out of their home. A neighbor accused him of peering into her home, but a Peeping Tom charge against Dear was dismissed a month after it was filed. Police were also called to his home after his neighbor's dog was shot with a pellet gun.

WHERE WAS HE FROM?

Dear lived for years in a backwoods cabin that had no electricity or running water in the North Carolina mountains, about 15 miles west of Asheville. A cross made of twigs is nailed to the wall of the pale yellow shack. There were "no trespassing" signs at the property and at a trailer in the nearby town of Swannanoa.

WHAT DO PEOPLE WHO KNOW HIM THINK ABOUT HIM?

His North Carolina neighbors said the only companion they saw with Dear was a mangy dog that looked to be in such bad shape they called animal control because they worried he was beating it.

Dear kept mostly to himself, according to the neighbors, most of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared Dear would retaliate. When he did talk, he rambled about topics that didn't make sense together and he tended to avoid eye contact, neighbor James Russell said.

WHERE WAS HE LIVING RIGHT BEFORE THE ATTACK?

Dear had an address in the town of Hartsel, about 60 miles west of Colorado Springs. Jamie Heffelman, owner of the Highline Cafe in Hartsel, said residents would occasionally see Dear at the post office to get his mail but he never said much. "Nobody really knows him, he stays to himself," she said.

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AP writer Sadie Gurman in Hartsel, Colorado, contributed to this report.