September 11, 2009

Anti-Abortion "Sign Man" Brutally Shot Down

Jim Pouillon, known among his neighbors as the "sign man" for his signs opposing the practice of abortion, was gunned down this morning in Owosso MI as students at the high school across the street were unloading from buses at 7:20 a.m.

Owosso resident Gary Shepherd, who lives near the high school, said he was in bed sleeping when he heard "four shots and tires squeeling."

He and his wife went outside to see what was happening.

"I just saw several people that I knew who were medical officials working on (Pouillon) and giving him CPR," Shepherd said. "It's a pretty sad day when somebody shoots someone over a political agenda that he had. He was always known as the 'sign man.' ... This country is based on freedom of speech."

A second man police was believed killed by the same suspect around 6:00 a.m. at nearby Fouss Gravel. The suspect in both shootings is believed to be the same man, and is in police custody.

A press conference has been scheduled by local law enforcement to discuss the shootings at 11:30 CT.

h/t Don Surber, who is also covering.

Update: The Blog Prof has a post up where a commenter suggests that the protester's murder was a crime of opportunity committed by someone strongly opposed to his views who was already on the hook for the earleir murder that morning. Gravel company owner Mike Fuoss was gunned down first, and the shooter, knowing he was going to be captured for the Fuoss murder, decided to "kill that ass," —abortion protester Poullion—who was apparently known to stand outside the high school in the mornings.

I'm not sure if that makes Poullion's murder an assassination, a crime of opportunity, or a bit of both.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 11, 2009 11:26 AM

More detail here, including the identity of the victim and the possible motive:

Posted by: theblogprof at September 11, 2009 11:53 AM

Are we going to see as many stories in the mainstream press about this assassination, as we did when Dr. Tiller was killed? Baited breaths await.....

Posted by: Mikey60 at September 11, 2009 03:37 PM

God commands us "Thou shall not kill" Killing is a crime and it is a sin before God and man. Who has divided America? A nation divided among itself cannot stand.

Posted by: Make Money Online at September 11, 2009 04:44 PM

And of course HummerBlue is omniscient enough to know any of the drivel he spouts...

Posted by: SDN at September 11, 2009 04:45 PM

Anti-Abortion "Sign Man" Brutally Shot Down

Drudge: Pro-Life activist shot in front of school... Developing...

Posted by: Anita at September 11, 2009 05:04 PM

>>"those who support a women's right to control her own body"

The issue with reagrds to abortion is not a women's right to control her own body, but a womans right to control and destroy anothers body.

Of course, stating the issue accurately is not in your best interests.

Posted by: Steve at September 11, 2009 05:04 PM