By Calvin Palmer
Late-term abortion doctor George Tiller was shot and killed this morning at a church in Wichita, Kansas.
The 67-year-old advocate for abortion rights was shot as he served as an usher during a morning service at Reformation Lutheran Church.
His attorney Dan Monnat said Tiller’s wife, Jeanne, was in the choir at the time of the shooting.
Capt Brent Allred said police were looking for a gunman who fled in a 1993 light blue Ford Taurus registered in Merriam.
Tiller’s clinic has repeatedly been the site of anti-abortion protests during the past 20 years.
A protester shot Tiller in both arms in 1993 and his clinic was the target for a bomb attack in 1985.
Anti-abortion group Operation Rescue issued a statement denouncing the shooting.
Tiller was the focus of an investigation started by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, an abortion opponent.
Prosecutors had alleged that Tiller had gotten second opinions from a doctor who was essentially an employee of his. State law requires an independent second opinion. But a jury in March acquitted him of all 19 misdemeanor counts against him.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]