George Tiller, a Wichita doctor who was one of the few doctors in the nation to perform late-term abortions, was shot to death on Sunday as he attended church, city officials in Wichita said. - New York Times
Attorney Dan Monnat says Tiller was shot as he served as an usher during Sunday morning services at Reformation Lutheran Church. Monnat said Tiller's wife, Jeanne, was in the choir at the time of the shooting.
Police said they are looking for white male who was driving a 1990s powder blue Ford Taurus with Kansas license plate 225 BAB. The vehicle is registered to an owner in Merriam, which is in the Kansas City area. (Wichita Eagle)
Update (2pm): Tiller Shooting Suspect in Custody -
Eyewitness News has confirmed the suspect in the shooting of Dr. George Tiller is in custody in the Kansas City area. Wichita police say the man was arrested near Gardner, KS at around 2:00 Sunday afternoon.Wichita Police are hosting a news conference on the shooting at 4:00 pm today.
Update (4pm): Johnson County sheriff's spokesman Tom Erickson identified the detained man as Scott Roeder.
I hope you will join me in denouncing this violent act of lawless vigilantism which stands in direct opposition to the mission and vision of all pro-life organizations. My condolences to the victims of this act and my sincere desire that God's grace would be upon them.
La Shawn Barber - Tiller made the case for infanticide by showing graphic photos of unborn babies with abnormalities. He admits on tape to having aborted babies a day before the mother's due date.
Pro-Life Unity: The mainstream media will be calling on the Pro-Life community to get statements on George Tiller's murder. Specifically, what they will be looking for are emotions of glee or satisfaction now that he is dead. They will find neither from most groups and individuals.
Bound4Life: We are deeply grieved and shocked by this morning's news that abortionist George Tiller was murdered in Wichita, KS. Bound4LIFE believes in and encourages the peaceful, legal methods of public assembly for the purpose of prayer. We denounce the violent act committed today against Mr. Tiller and his family. We believe that all human life is unique and precious to God.
Christian Defense Coalition:
Rev. Patrick Mahoney, national pro-life leader, former national spokesperson for Operation Rescue, had just completed leading two weeks of prayer vigils in Wichita during the trial of Dr. Tiller.
Rev. Patrick Mahoney condemns the shooting of Dr. George Tiller.
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life:
"I am saddened to hear of the killing of George Tiller this morning. At this point, we do not know the motives of this act, or who is behind it, whether an angry post- abortive man or woman, or a misguided activist, or an enemy within the abortion industry, or a political enemy frustrated with the way Tiller has escaped prosecution. We should not jump to conclusions or rush to judgment.
"But whatever the motives, we at Priests for Life continue to insist on a culture in which violence is never seen as the solution to any problem. Every life has to be protected, without regard to their age or views or actions."
Sidenote: although no suspect has been apprehended, commenters are already suggesting that those who condemned child killing and infanticide are to blame for Tiller's murder. Unfortunately, I can imagine any number of ways this singular criminal act could be exploited by pro-abortion politicians to attack freedom speech and silence pro-lifers.