3 Killed in Shootings at Kansas Jewish Sites; Suspect Detained, Shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ (VIDEO)
Three people were killed in shootings at Jewish sites in Overland Park, Kansas, in a suspected anti-Semitic attack, local TV station KCTV 5 reported.
A 73-year-old suspect, Glenn Frazier Cross, a well known white supremacist, was arrested carrying multiple firearms about a mile away from the scene of the attacks.
The fatal shootings took place at the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and nearby assisted living center, Village Shalom.
So far two of the victims have been named as 14-year-old Reat Underwood and his grandfather Dr. William Lewis Corporon, who had moved to the Kansas City area a decade ago to be closer to his grandchildren. The name of the third victim, a woman, has not been released.
In an interview with CNN, Rabbi Herbert Mandl, a chaplain with the Overland Park Police Department said that the shooter specifically targeted Jews, asking his victims about their religion before shooting them.
“Asking someone if you are Jewish before shooting sounds very much like a hate crime,” Mandl said. The rabbi also lamented the timing of the attacks, coming just a day before Passover.
Multiple reports said that during his arrest, the suspect yelled “Heil Hitler” as TV cameras were rolling.
But police say they are still investigating the attacks.
“It’s too early in the investigation to try to label it. We know it’s a vicious act of violence. Obviously, at two Jewish facilities, one might make that assumption, but we’re going to have to know more about it,” Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass told reporters.
At the time of the incident, the Jewish Community Center campus was full of young people who were on site to participate in various programming. The entire center is currently under lockdown as police search the area, according to the KCTV report.
“Police were examining a truck in the Jewish Community Center parking lot that had shattered windows,” local TV station KMBC 9 said.
Earlier, conflicting reports emerged as to the motivation for the violence.
Watch a video of the suspect being detained below: