Owosso, MI (LifeNews.com) -- Local officials and state police are confirming that a pro-life advocate was shot and killed outside a high school in this Michigan town. The person, who is described as well-known but whose identity has not been released, was shot multiple times while protesting abortion outside Owosso High School.
LifeNews.com has learned that the pro-life advocate is James Pouillon and the local Argus Press newspaper in Owosso has confirmed that to be the case. He was reportedly shot multiple times.
In the spot where the Pouillon stood, a portable oxygen tank lay next to a sign with a picture of an unborn child and the word "Life."
Officials say the shooting occurred at 7:30 a.m. local time and most students were inside the school building at the time of the incident. The shooting did not take place on school property but officials locked down the school and taped off most of the front portions of the school grounds.
State police have confirmed they apprehended a suspect about 8:15 a.m. at the suspect's home in this small community northeast of Lansing.
Sara Edwards, the chief assistant prosecutor for Shiawassee County, has confirmed that Pouillon's pro-life stance was the reason he was targeted and said the suspect officials have in custody disapproved of his abortion protests outside the schools.Fr Pavone issued a statement earlier in the day: "We do not know the motive yet. But this is a time to console one another, and to renew our determination to organize peaceful protests," he said. "It is no time for fear."
Pavone called on abortion advocates to comdemn the shooting.
"And I am waiting to hear the abortion advocates condemn this killing," he said. (emphasis mine).
Well, let's not hold our breath or anything. NARAL, PP and Catholics for Choice are still in mourning over Dr Tiller, after all. And I won't be surprised if the MSM ignores this story, especially if the motive behind the murder was Pouillon's pro-life activism.
For more details and updates, go to theblogprof. He's a Michigan-based blogger and has been updating throughout the day.
**UPDATE** blogprof provides the latest: "As to the reason for the killing of pro-life activist Jim Pouillon, Harlan Drake has told police that he was “offended” by Pouillon’s anti-abortion messages."
Pray for the repose of James Pouillon's soul - "May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome you and take you to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem. Amen."