The Michigan man who allegedly shot an 84-year-old pro-life activist after a heated argument claims he shot her by accident.
On Monday, Breitbart News reported that Right to Life Michigan said in a press release that the woman was “shot in the back/shoulder as she left a residence during a heated conversation, and that the man who had shot her was not part of her conversation. .” The shooting reportedly took place last Tuesday.
“The victim does not know the identity or motive of his shooter. The victim is still recovering from his gunshot wound and wishes to remain anonymous while the criminal investigation unfolds,” the statement read.
“The case is being investigated by Michigan State Police, who will report the results of the investigation to the Ionia County District Attorney’s Office. We have no further details to release at this time,” he added.
Michigan State Police told Fox News the woman had already passed out pamphlets before the heated discussion and ensuing gunshot. Police confirmed she was shot in the shoulder and released from hospital after being treated. His file remains open.
“We are pleased the victim is recovering and our volunteers will continue to knock on Proposition 3 doors,” Right to Life of Michigan manager Chris Gast told Fox News.
One of our 84-year-old volunteers said she was shot in the back/shoulder on Tuesday while going door-to-door in her Lake Odessa town to talk about Proposition 3. She doesn’t know who shot her or why. That’s all we know for now. https://t.co/PmlzHONDHE
— MI’s Right to Life (@Right_to_Life) September 24, 2022
The man, now identified as 74-year-old Richard Harvey, told reporters this week the shooting took place after the woman argued with his wife.
“I came out and she (the volunteer) is screaming and having a great time, and I was told, I’m sure I’ve heard at least a dozen times, ‘You’re a trespasser, get off the property’ “, he said. WoodTV Tuesday.
His wife, Sharon Harvey, said she began arguing with the woman over Proposition 3, which seeks to “write a broad new right to ‘reproductive freedom’ into the Michigan Constitution, invalidating a 1931 abortion ban and potentially other existing regulations,” according to Bridge Michigan.
“This lady walks up to me, knocks on my door, and says she’s part of a coalition to save women and babies,” Sharon Harvey said. “She needed me to vote no on Proposition 3.”
“I told her I couldn’t do that and she said, ‘Well, you have to.’ I say, ‘No, I’m not. It’s not going to happen,” Sharon added. “I told her I had a four and a half month tubal pregnancy, and she said, ‘Well , you survived, didn’t you?'”
Sharon said the argument only got worse from there, as the woman allegedly wouldn’t take no for an answer.
“She wouldn’t take the fact that I was going to vote yes on Proposition 3 as an answer,” she said. “She didn’t care. She didn’t care. I told her, I told her, ‘Women are going to die. I almost died.’ She says, ‘Well, you didn’t, did you?’ “
“I said, ‘You have to go. Just go.’ She said, ‘Well, I have a right to be here.’ “No, you don’t; you must leave. You must leave now. Get off my property,” she added.
As the argument grew ‘stronger’, Sharon’s husband then emerged from the barn with his .22 caliber rifle and fired a warning shot into the pine.
“She (the volunteer) is still fuming and raving and she has this notepad. She waves it around. I think she’s gonna hit Sharon with it. So without thinking, I went and bludgeoned him with the rifle and my finger was still in the trigger guard. It exploded and hit her here,” he told reporters.
“I shot someone. It was an accident,” he concluded.
Michigan State Police will investigate the incident while Ionia County District Attorney Kyle Butler decides whether to press charges.
Right to Life Michigan claims the pro-life activist, who wishes to remain unidentified at this time, acted peacefully and was shot in the back as she walked away.
“No one should fear violence in the peaceful exercise of their constitutional right to freedom of expression. The 84-year-old is barely imposing, standing around 5ft tall. The idea that shooting this woman is in the least excusable is a dangerous assertion for Americans across the country who engage in peaceful door-to-door campaigning,” the organization said.
Violent incident comes as pro-life and crisis pregnancy clinics have been repeatedly threatened with violence and subjected to vandalism following Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade this past June. As Breitbart News editor Alex Marlow described in his “Summer of Rage” series, the Joe Biden administration has repeatedly ignored these threats and attacks:
June 25, 2022 only, the next day Roe vs. Wade was overthrown, there were attacks on eight churches, eight pregnancy centers and a government building.
These attacks have generated minimal acknowledgment, let alone response, from the Biden administration and federal law enforcement, which consistently track and prosecute incidents targeting abortion providers.
Radical pro-abortion activists like Ruth Sent Us regularly exchange anti-Christian rhetoric. Jane’s Revenge, which has claimed a number of attacks nationwide, has repeatedly targeted pregnancy centers and church-affiliated churches. Ruth Sent Us, which made headlines by staging protests at Supreme Court Justices’ homes, specifically targeted the Supreme Court’s “six extremist Catholics” (although Justice Gorsuch was raised Catholic , believed to be a practicing Protestant). The group encouraged supporters outside of the Washington, DC area to protest “at or at a local Catholic church.”
Last week, as the elderly pro-life woman recovered from a gunshot wound she received while exercising her First Amendment right, the FBI, under orders from Merrick Garland’s Justice Department , reportedly sent 25 to 30 armed officers to apprehend Catholic pro-life activist Mark Houck for allegedly shoving a Planned Parenthood escort.