63-year-old Ralph Lang of Marshfield, Wisconsin drove from his home to Madison planning to "lay out abortionists because they are killing babies." Lang was in a room at the Motel 6, loading his handgun when he unintentionally discharged the gun. According to the Madison police report "the round hit two doors, but there were no injuries. The man immediately told motel staff about the gunfire, saying it was an accident. He offered to pay for damages."
When police came to investigate, Lang told officers he was going to go to Planned Parenthood when it opened the next morning, find out who the doctor was who performed abortions and shoot the doctor in the head. According to the complaint, Lang told police he wanted to "line them all up in a row, get a machine gun and mow them all down." Police found anti-abortion documents, a .38-caliber handgun and ammunition in his room.
In 2007 Lang was arrested outside the Madison Planned Parenthood, telling police that everyone in the building deserved to be executed. Nurses told authorities they noticed Lang outside the facility last week. Lang told police he had been in Madison last week with a gun but was having "spiritual struggles" and was not "100 percent in sync with God" so he didn't shoot anyone.
The president of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin issued a statement saying, "Our primary concern is the health and safety of our patients, staff and volunteers. We have taken the security precautions necessary to continue our work."
In addition to charges of reckless endangerment for the discharge of the firearm, Lang has been arrested on federal charges of attempting to injure or intimidate a person who provides reproductive health services.