Three Dead in Shootings at Jewish Facilities in Kansas City Suburb

A suspect was arrested at the Valley View Park Elementary School in Overland Park, Kan. KCTV

A suspect was arrested at the Valley View Park Elementary School in Overland Park, Kan. KCTV

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (CBS/CNN) — Shootings at Jewish-related locations in a Kansas City suburb left three people dead on Sunday and a suspect was in custody, CBS affiliate KCTV reported.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office officials name the suspect as Frazier Glenn Cross. 

Investigators are looking into what weapons were involved. So far, Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass says the shooter used a shotgun.

One 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.

About 75 people were inside the theater, most of them children, KCTV said.

Teens were auditioning for KC Superstar and parents were frantically trying to get to their children. One of the dead was killed in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

A second shooting was reported at Village Shalom, an assisted living center on West 123rd Street in Overland Park.

The suspect was arrested at the Valley View Park Elementary School, a mile away from Village Shalom. KCTV reported the suspect appeared to yell “Heil Hitler” as he was being led away in handcuffs by Overland Park police.

Police said one person was killed in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center.

Authorities also confirmed that a one person was undergoing surgery at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. It wasn’t immediately clear whether that one person died in surgery and was one of the three dead or was a fourth person shot.

Worried relatives of residents told KCTV that Village Shalom has been placed on lockdown.

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 their focus appeared to be on a white car in the parking lot.

Douglass also wouldn’t say whether the shootings were anti-Semitic hate crimes. He said authorities are evaluating comments that the suspect made after he was arrested.

“We are sifting through and vetting those for accuracy, number one, and number two, we’re looking at them for their evidentiary value,” the police chief said. “It is too early to tell you what he may or may not have said. We’re trying to determine that at this time.”

 

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