Incident Summary:

05/31/2009: On Sunday morning, in Wichita, Kansas, USA, Dr. George Tiller, an abortion doctor who held a practice, was shot dead in the foyer of the Reformation Lutheran Church. The gunman fired only one shot, fatally wounding Tiller, threatened two others, and then escaped. No damage was reported and no group claimed responsibility. Scott Roeder was convicted for the murder.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in Wichita, Kansas.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description The target was Dr. George Tiller, a late term abortion doctor.
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown weapons were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Abortion extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
MSNBC, "Suspect Held in Slaying of Kan. Abortion Doctor," (May 31, 2009).
Associated Press, "Suspect Jailed in Kansas Abortion Doctor's Killing," Yahoo News, May 31, 2009,
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Medical Doctor Killed in Armed Attack in Wichita, Kansas, United States," Worldwide incidents Tracking System, December 29, 2009.