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09-11-2009, 3:06 PM
Sep 11, 6:02 PM (ET)


OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) - A man fatally shot an anti-abortion activist near a Michigan high school Friday, drove to a gravel pit and shot its owner to death and planned to kill a third man, but was arrested before he could act, a prosecutor said.

Harlan James Drake, 33, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the deaths of James Pouillon, 63, and Mike Fuoss, 61, said Shiawassee County Prosecutor Randy Colbry.

"The defendant had ill will toward these three individuals - not for the same reason necessarily, but had a grudge," Colbry said.

Before classes were to begin Friday, Pouillon was protesting across the street from Owosso High School about 70 miles northwest of Detroit. Drake then drove by the school and shot Pouillon several times in front of horrified students and parents, officials said.

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Owosso Police Chief Michael Compeau said he also believed Pouillon was targeted.

"He was out protesting right across the street from the high school ... and there (were) multiple people around there and that person was targeted," Compeau said.

Witnesses at the school gave police the vehicle's license plate number and authorities traced it to Drake's home in Owosso, officials said.

After Drake left the school, he drove seven miles to the Fuoss Gravel Co. where he gunned down Fuoss in his office, authorities said. The two men knew each other, but officials didn't say how.

Drake returned home where police arrested him in Pouillon's shooting. Drake then told police he was involved in the shooting at the gravel pit, said Shiawassee County Sheriff George Braidwood. It was not immediately clear whether Drake had an attorney.

Later on Friday students outside the high school said Pouillon was a fixture there and regularly held graphic signs of aborted fetuses.

"I can see someone spitting on him or punching him, but shooting him is pretty stupid," said 16-year-old Curtis Wisterman.

Troy Newman, president of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, said he wept when he received word that Pouillon, his friend and colleague, had been killed.

"He was just a kind, gentle man who loved life and endeavored to save other people's lives," Newman said.

Although authorities didn't specifically say that Pouillon was targeted for his anti-abortion views, his death was the latest high-profile shooting of a person involved in the abortion debate. On May 31, abortion provider George Tiller was shot to death in his Kansas church.



According to Shiawassee County Prosecutor Randy Colbry, "The indication is that he had ill will ... a grudge against these three individuals." Harlan Drake was also licensed to carry a concealed weapon. Authorities are seeking a .22 caliber gun and a .45 caliber gun they believed were used in the shootings.

Fuoss’ brother-in-law, Glen Merkel, told the Detroit Free Press that Fuoss was found shot dead in his office around 7:30 a.m. by an employee. He said Fuoss was seen alive perhaps 20 minutes earlier when another truck driver for his company came to pick up a load of gravel.


09-11-2009, 3:06 PM
He also had a CCW issued by Michigan.

09-11-2009, 3:11 PM
He also had a CCW issued by Michigan.

the murderer or the victim?

09-11-2009, 3:12 PM
the murderer or the victim?


09-11-2009, 3:35 PM
this sounds like these victims were targeted for personal reasons and others are trying to politicize them.

09-11-2009, 4:03 PM
Duped by 5hrs..