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At Least 3 Killed, Gunman Yells ‘Heil Hiter’
At least three dead in two shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas
Third person was reported to be critically wounded; police report one person was in custody; man reportedly yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ when police arrested him.
(ABC) The 73-year-old man in custody in the shooting at a Jewish community center and retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas, that left three people dead is reportedly the former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., of Aurora, Mo., was taken into custody in the parking lot of an elementary school near the scene of the shootings, law enforcement sources said.
Cross is an alias for Frazier Glenn Miller, the former KKK leader, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In a statement released tonight, the SPLC said it was able to identify Cross as Miller after a phone conversation with Miller’s wife, Marge, in which she told them police had come to her home and told her that her husband had been arrested in the shootings.
Among the three people killed in the shootinngs were a 14-year-old Eagle Scout and his grandfather, according to the family of the two.
“It is with deep sadness that we confirm the tragic loss of Dr. William Lewis Corporon and Reat Griffin Underwood (Losen) who died as a result of the injuries they sustained in today’s shooting at the Jewish Community Center. Dr. Corporon was Reat’s Grandfather, whom he loved very much,” said a statement signed “Will Corporon, Son and Uncle.”
The two were shot at the town’s Jewish Community Center, Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said. One died at the scene and the other died after being taken to a hospital, he said.
The third victim was a woman who was shot at Village Shalom retirement community, Douglass said. She died on the scene.
It was believed the shooter fired at two other people, but neither was hit, the police chief said.
“We have no indication that he knew the victims,” Douglass said.
“We’re investigating it as a hate crime, we’re investigating it as a criminal act, we haven’t ruled out anything,” Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said.
“There was a shotgun that was involved,” he said. “We are exploring the possibility that a handgun was involved in the shooting at the two persons that he missed, and we are looking at the possibility of an assault rifle.”
According to the family statement, Underwood was a freshman at Blue Valley High School, and participated in debate, theatre “and had a beautiful voice. Reat had a passion for life, and touched so many people in his young age.” He was an Eagle Scout and “loved spending time camping and hunting with his Grandfather, Father, and brother,” the statement said.
Corporon practiced family medicine in Marlow and Duncan, Okla., from 1976 through 2003, before moving with his wife to the Kansas City area to be closer to their grandchildren, the statement said.
Police had still not released the identities of the victims late this evening, but Rev. Adam Hamilton of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood said the two male victims were members of the church.
Hamilton led prayers for the victims’ family this afternoon during Palm Sunday services.
The Jewish Community Center confirmed the shooting on its Facebook page and said it occurred near the Lewis and Shirley White Theater entrance and that the building was put on lockdown. According to the center’s website, a production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” was scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) –
Overland Park police are working shootings at two separate Jewish-related locations.
One person is dead and a second person is undergoing emergency surgery at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, authorities confirm.
A shooting was reported about 1 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, according to an Overland Park Fire Department spokesman. This happened at the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre inside the center.
Teens were auditioning for KC Superstar auditions and parents are frantically trying to get to their children.
A second shooting was reported at Village Shalom, which is an assisted living center at 5500 West 123rd St.
Worried relatives of residents tell KCTV5 that Village Shalom has been placed on lockdown.
There were no immediate word on injuries. A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper confirms that a suspect is in custody.
Phyllis Cantor, who is undergoing rehabilitation at Village Shalom, said she heard the sound of sirens. She said many police officers are at the scene and there focus appears to be on a white car in the parking lot.
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