Anti-Abortion Protester Shot Dead Near Michigan School
Posted on Sep 11, 2009
A 63-year-old anti-abortion activist who had been staging a protest, reportedly involving graphic images of fetuses, in front of a Michigan high school was killed in a drive-by shooting Friday, according to The New York Times.
The New York Times:
The man, James Pouillon, 63, was shot at 7:20 a.m. as he stood outside Owosso High School in Owosso, a city of fewer than 15,000 people 90 miles northwest of Detroit, the authorities said. On Friday afternoon, prosecutors charged a local man with the killing, and with a second fatal shooting nearby.
Local newspapers reported that Mr. Pouillon, who had been involved in anti-abortion efforts for decades, had been carrying photographs of fetuses outside the school shortly before the shooting. Prosecutors said the suspect, Harlan James Drake, who is 33, singled out Mr. Pouillon because he disapproved of the victim’s protests in front of children at the school.
AP / Daymon J. Hartley
In a 2000 photo, a bicyclist rides past the welcome sign in downtown Owosso, Mich.—a town which, the AP notes, is birthplace of 1948 Republican presidential candidate Thomas Dewey.