(The Wichita Eagle) WICHITA - George Tiller, the Wichita doctor who became a national lightning rod in the debate over abortion, was shot to death this morning as he walked into church services.
Tiller, 67, was shot just after 10 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church at 7601 E. 13th, where he was a member of the congregation. Witnesses and a police source confirmed Tiller was the victim.
No information has been released about whether a suspect is in custody.
Homicide detectives and Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston have arrived at the church.
Members of the congregation who were inside the sanctuary at the time of the shooting were being kept inside the church by police, and those arriving were being ushered into the parking lot. Witnesses are being transported downtown for interviews and other members of the congregation are slowly being released from inside the sanctuary.
Tiller has long been a focal point of protest by abortion opponents because his clinic, Women's Health Care Services at 5701 E. Kellogg, is one of the few in the country where late-term abortions are performed.
This message was posted on the anti-abortion website armyofgod.com:
These are the same people who oppose marriage equality and LGBT rights of any kind. How can anybody take them seriously or see them as anything other than domestic terrorists?
"A great day for the unborn children scheduled to be murdered by Babykilling Abortionist George Tiller. George Tiller reaped what he sowed and now has been cast alive into everlasting torment and fire for the innocent blood he has shed. Psalm 55:15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them. I pray the person who performed this deed is never known or apprehended."
We need to show the American people just how dangerous it is to let these nut-jobs have any say in government, public policy and civil rights decisions. They will stop at nothing to achieve their goals, no matter who gets hurt or killed, all the while playing the victim. Soon enough some spokesperson will release a statement saying "this was the action of a lone, disturbed individual and we do not condone violence."
When your words motivate people to commit acts of violence against anyone who disagrees with you or your religious beliefs, you are not simply practicing your faith, you are a jihadist.