WICHITA - A suspect in this morning's fatal shooting of abortion doctor George Tiller is in custody and on his way back to Wichita, Wichita Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz said at a news conference late this afternoon.
The 51-year-old male suspect was arrested without incident on Interstate 35 in Johnson County about three hours after the shooting, Stolz said.
Police did not release the suspect's name.
The investigation is in its "infancy stages," Stolz said. He said the shooting appeared to be an isolated act.
Tiller, 67, was shot once just after 10 a.m. in the lobby of Reformation Lutheran Church at 7601 E. 13th St., where he was a member of the congregation.
Stolz said Tiller was shot in the foyer of the church. There were three or four eyewitnesses, he said. Six to 12 people were in the foyer at the time of the shooting.
Two men attempted to apprehend the suspect, but he pointed a gun at them and threatened them before fleeing, Stolz said.
This has the potential to set back the pro-life movement tremendously. At this point, nothing is known about the lone gunman - his motivation, his affiliations, anything. The important thing is to be careful what is said and commented around the Internet. Patrick Archbold at Creative Minority Report put it well:"It is imperative that every single voice of the pro-life movement condemn his murder in unequivocal terms. Murder is murder. An intrinsic evil no matter what the end. [...] Please think about your comments. We're going to have a pretty heavy hand on this one in the combox. Our words will be used against us. Andrew Sullivan among others is hopping around and gathering up the worst comments. So please please focus on prayers for everyone involved in this."
CMR is one among many sites that is tracking developments of this tragic situation. Gateway Pundit has extensive info as well.
Pray for the repose of the soul of George Tiller - may God have mercy on him, and pray he had the opportunity to repent. Pray for his surviving family members, as well as for the suspect.
This could be very very bad. St Michael, the Archangel, pray for us!!
UPDATE 1: I'm the kind of guy who looks for connections of events - after picking myself up off the floor, I got to wondering....today is the Feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles. What a God-incidence, because we're going to need a huge influx of the Holy Spirit as a result of this shocking murder.
UPDATE 2: Here's Fr. Frank Pavone's video response to the murder of Dr. George Tiller: