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Gunman Kills Security Guard at Abortion Clinic

July 17, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A gunman stormed into a Melbourne abortion clinic, pulled a rifle out of a bag and shot a security guard to death as an anti-abortion group held a prayer vigil outside, Australian police said.

The assailant was tackled by two men in the waiting room, who seized his weapon. He was taken into custody, but police said he refused to answer questions or give his name when he appeared before a judge on a charge of murder.

The anti-abortion protesters outside the clinic said they did not know the suspect.

Steven Rogers, 44, was shot in the face. Police said he was armed but did not have a chance to draw his gun.

Abortion is legal in Australia, and the country has no history of violent attacks on abortion clinics.

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