A man charged in the shooting deaths of an anti-abortion activist and a business owner in Michigan planned to kill a third man, a prosecutor said Friday.
Harlan James Drake, 33, is accused of shooting James Pouillon, 63, and Mike Fuoss, 61, in Owosso, Mich., on Friday morning.
Pouillon was protesting outside a high school about 70 miles northwest of Detroit when he was gunned down in front of horrified students and parents. Authorities say Drake then drove to a gravel pit company and killed Fuoss.
Shiawassee County Prosecutor Randy Colbry said Drake intended to kill a third man, but was arrested before he could do so.
When police arrested Drake for the shooting at the school, he reportedly said he was involved in the killing of a gravel pit owner earlier that day.
Officials found the body of Fuoss in the office of his gravel production company, Sheriff George Braidwood said. Fuoss and the alleged gunman knew each other.
Owosso Police Chief Michael Compeau said authorities did not know whether the suspect knew Pouillon.
No motive was given for the shootings, but Compeau said he believed Pouillon appeared to be a target.
"I would speculate it was ... intended," Compeau said. "He was out protesting right across the street from the high school ... and there (were) multiple people around there and that person was targeted."
Students said Pouillon was a fixture outside the high school and regularly held graphic signs of aborted fetuses.
"I can see someone spitting on him or punching him, but shooting him is pretty stupid. It's not something you expect in Owosso," said 16-year-old Curtis Wisterman.
"There ain't no use in being in school when you can't concentrate," he said.
After the shooting all schools in the district were locked down, but opened up again after the suspect was arrested, said Julie Omer, business manager for Owosso Public Schools.
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.