The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on December 31, 1994 · 1
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VOLUME 246 NUMBER 184 68 pages 35 cents BO cent, at nrwunUnik lxvcil ail mjUw fm H,aiin A GRAY TO KEMEMBEU Saturday: Chuding v, 32 Sunday: Kuinnleet, dH High tide: 0:dd aw., 10: U p.m. Full report: I'uge i2 "'-"- . . . . :. .. -;:-..-! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1994 r This man is nothing other than a terrorist ... Tir . '11 -.71-... 7- i7. . 1J.K I Four unidentified women consoling each other yesterday outside Preterm Health Services on Beacon Street, Drookllne. STAFF PHOTOSUZANNE KREiTER we will noi auow people in mis cumrnunwvuiuc to settle moral disputes with violence" Gov. Weld Alb - .. ' ; A-...... : ' J- ,.r'rV (V ( v ,-xN ' 'O "i '.. V . J..J.....I I I I - Ill II Ill I "I - ' " - ..- ..., ,., ,. Mil. ,...11- The body of Shannon Lowney, the 25 - Danger closes in on us By Ellen Goodman GLOBE STAFF Suddenly, it's in our backyard. Not Pensacola, Fla. Not Commentary KanitS in Brookline, Mass. Suddenly, the scene of the crime is not in some isolated abortion clinic on a southern highway or a strip mall. It's on Beacon Street, on the Green Line, along the Marathon route, two minutes from my front door. This time, it's not Michael .Griffin in Pensacola. It's not Paul HilL The suspect is another young man, handsome, clean shaven, dressed in black. Dressed to kill. This time, the murder victim isn't a doctor or a clinic escort; they're two young receptionists. This time, seven people are shot. The violence has come home, big time. Yesterday morning started like other mornings in a city-suburb that has three clinics within two miles. As usual, there were protesters at 1031 Beacon St., women praying, a man with a video camera. Some we know by sight. Maybe the edge of danger that has sharpened nationally with the escalating clinic violence was dulled here by familiarity. Many of my neighbors and fellow commuters have learned to walk by the protesters in front of Planned Parenthood on their way to the cleaners or the French bakery or the T. V GOODMAN, Page 22 rtidDM fMemie ' Units I: v . year - old receptionist who was killed Hill, II Cleveland Circle Cardinal Law asks halt to clinic protests. Page 22. The shootings have put clinic security in a nationwide spotlight. Page 21. Witnesses tell of the scene along the gunman's S:55s3x ff (Cambridge "T ; 1 killed, 3 wounded jT5 t . . 1031 Beacon Street p JA Preterm Health : , j; - Services: . . ; 1 killed, 2 wounded Coolidge f Jj) 1842 Beacon Street v c?; (!r i '? washiniJtnri 1297 Beacon Street W T BROOKLINE SSamaa Anguish and arguments mark nationwide reaction ByBobHohler GLOBE STAFF WASHINGTON - Grief merged with anger yesterday as activists on opposite sides of the abortion issue joined the Clinton administration in calling for a national effort to reverse the rising tide of violent radicalism displayed in the deadly attacks at two Brookline clinics. But while advocates on both sides joined in expressing outrage and calling for peace, they parted in their perceptions of the reasons for the violence and potential ways to stop it. "Even as we mourn the dead and pray for the injured, the overwhelming reaction is anger that this climate of hatred, fear and genuine terrorism has btjejn allowed to grow unchallenged - even encouraged by ....- GtOBE STAFF PHOTO JANET KNOTT yesterday, is taken from the Planned Parenthood clinic in Brookline. trail of terror. Page 21. "You have to put fear aside to provide care to the women who need it," says a nurse-practioner at a Beacon Street clinic. Page 23. Coverage, Pages 20-23. those who say they abhor violence," said Kim Gandy, executive vice president of the National Organization for Women. By repeatedly referring to doctors who perform abortions as "murderers" and "baby-killers," Gandy said, "the National Right to Life Committee, the Pro-Life Action League and Operation Rescue and others of their ilk are responsible for these shootings" by provoking violence. Not so, according to the anti-abortion groups, which strongly denied inciting violence and asserted they were working within the law to try to end the taking of life from human fetuses. "Killing is not prolife," said Mi-chele Arocha Allen, a spokeswoman for the National Right to Life Com- . . NATION, Page 23 Victims radiated sparkle . By Ann Scales ' GLOBE STAFF Leanne Nichols had worked her way up from receptionist to phone counselor at Repro Associates, a Brookline abortion clinic. But several months ago, she left that job when the work became too stressful, former co-workers recalled yesterday. In September, she became a receptionist at the nearby Preterm Health Services clinic. Yesterday, Nichols, 38, was fatally shot at her work station by a gunman who opened fire at two Brookline abortion clinics. She was the second fatality of the abortion clinic shootings. Shannon Lowney was the first. Nichols, who was shot five times, died at Beth Israel Hospital. Lowney, 25, of Arlington, a receptionist at the Planned Parenthood clinic, died at Beth Israel Hospital. Five other people were seriously injured when a gunman went on the shooting spree at a Planned Parenthood clinic on Beacon Street and continued spraying bullets 10 minutes later at Preterm clinic. What follows are sketches of some of the victims, based on interviews with friends, coworkers and family members. Leanne Nichols Nichols had the sparkle of a woman in love, the friendliness of a Midwesterner, her co-workers said. "She was a very sweet girl," said one former coworker. "She loved her work and was very dedicated to it" She lived in a rural area near a lake about two miles from the town center in Salem, N.H. The single-story house, in an area of summer cottages, was deserted yesterday. At Repro, former coworkers cried when they heard news of her death. They remembered her as a nice woman ;vho maintained the VICTIMS, Page 23 Gunman opens fire in Brookline clinics, kills 2 and wounds 5 By Kevin CuUen and Brian McGrory GLOBE STAFF A well-dressed man in black, armed with a rifle and a cool, ruthless determination, opened fire inside two Brookline abortion clinics yesterday, killing two women and wounding five other people, including a security guard who tried to stop him. Police last night were scouring both sides of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire border for John C. Salvi, 22, of Hampton Beach, N.H., a hairdresser suspected of buying the gun used in the shootings. A sales receipt for the gun was recovered from a duffel bag in which the gunman concealed his weapon and which he dropped after the security guard shot at him. A second weapon, a handgun, was recovered from the bag, but apparently was not used in the shootings, police said. It was believed to be the worst attack on abortion providers in the nation's history. The dead women worked as receptionists at the clinics, while at least two of those wounded were men who had accompanied patients to one of the clinics. As he fled the second clinic, the gunman fired randomly at bystanders, sending them scurrying for cover in the frigid air on busy Beacon Street, according to witnesses. No one was shot outside. The gunman may have been wounded in a gun battle with the guard, police said. The wounded security guard said he was convinced he had shot the gunman, who remained at large last night. Moving from victim to victim SHOOTINGS, Page 20 Police find gun receipts in hag; seek N.H. man, 22 By David Armstrong and Judy Rakowsky GLOBE STAFF Investigators last night were searching for a 22-year-old New Hampshire man they believe purchased the gun and ammunition used in the abortion clinic shootings in Brookline yesterday, law enforcement sources said last night. The search for the man, identified as John C. Salvi, was centered in Hampton Beach, N.H., last night, but police also were looking in northern Massachusetts, the sources said. Investigators were checking the man's last known addresses, but did not have specific information on his whereabouts, the sources said. - A relative's home in Ipswich was Inside REAL ESTATE Gingrich: No advance: The incoming speaker of the US House yesterday relinquished a $4.5 million book advance in the face of criticism about the ethics of the deal. Page 3. First Night hoopla: All you need to know, and then some. Pages 17, 35. NFL gets down to it: The playoffs begin today, and the Patriots play in Cleveland tomorrow. The Globe's sports staff previews all. Page 25. The victims At Planned Parenthood 1031 Beacon St -v. KILLED Shannon Lowney, above, 25, of Arlington, receptionist WOUNDED Aniana Agrawal, 30, of Cambridge, medical assistant. In serious but stable condition. Antonio Hernandez, 32, of Worcester, accompanied a patient to clinic. In stable condition. Brian Murray, 22, of Hingham, accompanied patient to clinic, In serious but stable condition. At Preterm Health Services 1842 Beacon St KILLED Leanne Nichols, 38, of Salem, N.H., receptionist WOUNDED Jane Sauer, 29, of Cambridge, office worker. In stable condition. Richard J. Seron, 45, of Quincy, security guard. In stable condition. searched just after 11 p.m. by law enforcement agents looking for Salvi, according to local police. No one answered a Globe reporter's knock on the door at the Washington Street home last night. The search for Salvi, a hairdresser who also has relatives in Lynn-field, began after investigators recovered gun and ammunition receipts from a black bag dropped at the second of two abortion clinics targeted by the assailant yesterday. Two people were killed and five others wounded. Also inside the bag were a 22-caliber Colt handgun, several hundred rounds of automatic weapon ammunition and so-called banana clips, a detachable magazine that MANHUNT, Page 20 FEATURES CLASSIFIED Ask The Globe 44 Classified 51-68 Business 7 Autos 58 Comics 44 Help Wanted 54 Deaths 46 Real Estate 52 Editorials " 14 Apartments 52 Horoscope 44 Comm'lInd'l 52 LivinArts 35 Market Basket 56 Lottery 18 YachtsBoats 27 MetroRegion 17 Learning 48 Sports ?4 c Globe Newspapcr Co TVRadio. 42-43 01636 947725m4

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