Anti-abortion protester shot dead in Michigan
A 63-year-old anti-abortion activist was shot and killed this morning while protesting outside a high school:
ANN ARBOR, MI (Michigan Radio) - A 63-year old anti-abortion protester was gunned down this morning as he staged a protest across the street from Owosso High School in Shiawassee County.
Owosso Police Chief Michael Campeau says James Pouillon was shot to death by the driver of a passing vehicle. He says a witness saw the vehicle's license plate, and a suspect was arrested about an hour later.
Police believe the 33-year old suspect also killed a second man this morning. 61-year old Mike Fuoss was found shot to death in the office of a gravel pit that he owned.
Police believe the victims were targeted but have not released a motive.
My condolences to the families of the victims of this brutal crime.
We don't know whether the killing had anything to do with Pouillon's political views, but anti-choice sites are already calling him a martyr and spiritual vampire Randall Terry has swooped in to feed on the reflected glory.
Update: Fuoss’s brother-in-law, Glen Merkel says that the suspect is the son of one of Fuoss's former employees.
Update: More details from the Detroit News: The shooter is believed to have targeted a third person, who wasn't harmed. Police haven't released that person's name. Glen Merkel speculates that the shooter killed his brother-in-law because Fuoss owed the shooter money. There is no indication that Fuoss and Pouillon knew each other.
Update: Prosecutors told the New York Times the 33-year-old suspect targeted Pouillon for protesting, but killed Fuoss for some unrelated reason.
Update 6:38pm: Alleged shooter Harlan "Hale" Drake has been arraigned on two counts of first degree murder. Authorities say Drake had a third man on his hit list, a local realtor; but that Drake was arrested before he could carry out his plan. Drake was licensed to carry a concealed weapon. His motives are still murky. Drake reportedly told police that he killed Pouillon because he disapproved of the victim's habit of holding up large pictures of dead fetuses around school children. Authorities say the Pouillon killing may be prosecuted as a hate crime.