Three people are dead after a man opened fire at two Jewish-related sites in the Kansas City area Sunday. View pictures from the scenes here.More >
Three people are dead after a man opened fire at two Jewish-related sites in the Kansas City area Sunday. View pictures from the scenes here. More >
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -
Prosecutors said Monday that hate motivated a white supremacist to open fire at two Jewish centers, killing a teen and two adults.
"We unquestionably determined ... that this was a hate crime," Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said during an 11:30 a.m. news conference. "We believe his motivation was to attack a Jewish facility."
All three victims who died in the hail of bullets were Christians who happened to be at the Jewish-related facilities.
Prosecutors said they could announce on Tuesday what specific charges will be filed against Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, of Aurora, MO.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom and the Johnson County district attorney indicated Monday that Cross could face charges in both federal and state court.
Grissom said he anticipates filing federal hate crime charges against Cross.
"We will be presenting this to the grand jury in the not-too-distant future," Grissom said.
Howe could then file murder charges in state court.
Cross allegedly went to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom. After he was arrested at a nearby elementary school and was placed in a patrol car, he appeared to yell, "Heil Hitler."
Authorities declined Monday to discuss the exact nature of any remarks made by Cross once he was arrested including whether he was cooperating with authorities.
Cross, who also goes by Glenn Miller, is a known white supremacist and known for his anti-Semitic thoughts. He is a former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He is a perennial candidate for office.
"We believe he was trying to hurt somebody based on the ethnicity, race, religion and a whole number of other categories under a hate crime," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Kaste.
Reat Underwood, 14, a high school freshman, and his 69-year-old grandfather, Dr. William Lewis Corporon, had gone to the community center for Reat to try out for the Kansas City SuperStar auditions. They were gunned down in the parking lot.
Mindy Corporon, who lost her son and father, said her loved ones were shot in the head as they were getting out of their vehicle.
"I feel confident from what I heard that they didn't feel anything, they didn't know what was coming," she said. "They were ambushed."
Cross allegedly left the JCC and went to the Village Shalom assisted living center where he opened fire and fatally shot a woman visiting her mother. Terri LaManno, 53, was a Kansas City mother who worked at the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired.
The first 911 call came in at 1:03 p.m. Sunday. Altogether, 28 911 calls were made until Cross was taken into custody at 1:28 p.m.
Grissom and other law enforcement officials expressed their condolences to the families.
"These poor souls happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and had the unfortunate experience of encountering evil firsthand," he said.
Corporon said she and her family are facing difficult days but she is relying on her family and faith.
"I know that God did not do this. I know there are evil, evil actions. But what we do have is each other, and we have love, and we have prayer, and we have friends and family," she said.
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KCTV5's Jeanene Kiesling and Heather Staggers contributed to this report.
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