WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Late-term abortion doctor George Tiller, a prominent advocate for abortion rights wounded by a protester more than a decade ago, was shot and killed Sunday at his church in Wichita, a city official said.
A City Hall official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak about the case told The Associated Press that the 67-year-old doctor was killed Sunday morning at Reformation Lutheran Church.
Police spokesman Gordon Bassham would not confirm the victim's identity pending notification of relatives. He said the shooting occurred at 10:03 a.m. and the gunman fled the scene in a 1993 powder blue Ford Taurus registered in another part of the state.
Bassham said no suspects were in custody. He said it is not clear whether one or more suspects were involved.
Capt. Brent Allred said police were looking for a gunman who fled in a 1993 light blue Ford Taurus registered in Merriam.
Anti-abortion group Operation Rescue issued a statement denouncing the shooting.
Violence is not the answer; shooting a man like George Tiller without giving him the chance to repent of his monstrously evil deeds is not God's way.
May God have mercy on his soul.
Some blog reactions (I'll try to add more as the day progresses):
Andrew Sullivan (who calls this "Christianist Terrorism" and blames the "far right;" get ready, people, because this is exactly the kind of high-profile case that will be used as an excuse to shut down the free speech/free assembly rights of those of us who protest against abortion)
Catholic Fire (with links to her earlier posts)