Tiller 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.
Operation Rescue president Troy Newman released this statement:
We are shocked at this morning's disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down. Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller's family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
From the Eagle's Twitter:
# mostly just police and media at Reformation Luthern Church now.5 minutes ago from web
# Video of police statement coming soon on Kansas.com15 minutes ago from web
# Body still hasn't not been removed from chuch.17 minutes ago from web
# Police say a handgun was used in the crime.21 minutes ago from web
# 225-BAB is the tag on the vehicle police are looking for. Kansas tags.22 minutes ago from web
# Several witnesses have been taken downtown for questioning.22 minutes ago from web
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.
For those with a morbid curiosity, the Eagle has a Twitpic of Tiller's body being removed from the church.
Police say the suspect's car is registered in Merriam, Kansas.
Update (2:17 p.m.): Former Kansas Attorney General and Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline released the following statement:
I am stunned by this lawless and violent act which must
be condemned and should be met with the full force of law. We join in lifting prayer that God's grace
and presence rest with Dr. Tiller's family and friends.
Update (2:26 p.m.): Mary Kay Culp of Kansans For Life issued this statement:
Kansans for Life deplores the murder of Dr. George Tiller, and we wish
to express our deep and sincere sympathy to his family and friends.
Our organization has a board of directors, and a 35 year history of
bringing citizens together to achieve thoughtful education and
legislation on the life issues here in Kansas.
We value life, completely deplore violence, and are shocked and very upset by what happened in Wichita today.