On Sunday outside a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement center in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, ” three people were killed in two brazen shootings at Kansas Jewish centers police said Sunday — the day before the Passover holiday begins – in what may have been an anti-Semitic attack,” according to NBC News.
Authorities have identified a longtime white supremacist as the suspect 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross in the killing people. Police said he used a shotgun to kill a man and a teenage boy in the parking lot of the community center. “They say he then drove to the nearby retirement community and killed a woman before being arrested at an elementary school”.
” In the 1980s, Cross led a chapter of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan and another group called the White Patriot Party. He was sentenced to five years in prison for threatening war against Jews, blacks, homosexuals and government officials”, ” Voice of America” said.” Cross, who has also gone by the name Glenn Miller, has also made several unsuccessful runs for political office. In 2010, he campaigned for a U.S. Senate seat representing Missouri, using ads that disparage Jews and other minorities.
Frazier Glenn Cross is due to appear in court Monday on charges of premeditated murder.
President Barack Obama said the shooting was “horrific” and “heartbreaking,” and expressed his support and that of his wife, Michelle, for the victims’ families.