George Tiller, who earlier this year was acquitted on nineteen charges stemming from Kansas’ ever-restrictive abortion laws, was murdered by a gunman this morning at his Wichita church.

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. Police said they are looking for white male who was driving a 1990s powder blue Ford Taurus with Kansas license plate 225 BAB.

George Tiller and his clinic have been a constant target of anti-abortion forces.

Protesters blockaded Tiller’s clinic during Operation Rescue’s "Summer of Mercy" protests during the summer of 1991, and Tiller was shot by Rachelle Shannon at his clinic in 1993. Tiller was wounded in both arms, and Shannon remains in prison for the shooting.

Tiller’s clinic was severely vandalized earlier this month. According to the Associated Press, his lawyer said wires to security cameras and outdoor lights were cut and that the vandals also cut through the roof and plugged the buildings’ downspouts. Rain poured through the roof and caused thousands of dollars of damage in the clinic. Tiller reportedly asked the FBI to investigate the incident.

Kansas.com has continuing updates on the shooting and the search for the killer.

(Lisa has more at La Figa: Terrorism on U.S. Soil?  Controversial Doctor George Tiller Killed in Church Lobby.  Suspect Arrested.)

George Tiller, who earlier this year was acquitted on nineteen charges stemming from Kansas’ ever-restrictive abortion laws, was murdered by a gunman this morning at his Wichita church.

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. Police said they are looking for white male who was driving a 1990s powder blue Ford Taurus with Kansas license plate 225 BAB.

George Tiller and his clinic have been a constant target of anti-abortion forces.

Protesters blockaded Tiller’s clinic during Operation Rescue’s "Summer of Mercy" protests during the summer of 1991, and Tiller was shot by Rachelle Shannon at his clinic in 1993. Tiller was wounded in both arms, and Shannon remains in prison for the shooting.

Tiller’s clinic was severely vandalized earlier this month. (more…)

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