Multiple sources have now confirmed for KAKE News that abortion doctor George Tiller was shot and killed this morning at his church. Authorities were called to a shooting at Reformation Lutheran Church in the 7600 block of E. 13th Street at 10:03 this morning.
Sources close to the investigation and the controversial abortion doctor confirm that George Tiller was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after emergency crews arrived. Although Police Captain Brent Allred is not formally naming the victim of the shooting, he does classify the case as "high-profile" and that the victim has been the target of violence in the past.
The suspect fled the scene and authorities are still investigating. His car is described as a powder blue or light blue Taurus with a K-State vanity plate, license number 225 BAB. He is described as a white male in his 50's or 60's, 6'1," 220 lbs, wearing a white shirt and dark pants.
The car is licensed to Merriam, Kansas.
Several church goers have been taken to City Hall for interviews.
Earlier this year, Tiller was acquitted of 19 misdemeanor criminal charges that he did not follow state law when getting a second opinion on late-term abortions. A jury acquitted Tiller of those charges on March 27.
On August 19, 1993, Tiller was shot outside his East Wichita abortion clinic by pro-life activist Shelly Shannon. He was wounded in both arms, but made a full recovery. Shannon was eventually convicted.
Update: I just heard on KAKE News that a car has been stopped in Gardner City, KS which matches the description of the suspect's car. They believe it is one lone gunman.