Three people were killed during a shooting in Kansas on Sunday at two different Jewish community centers after a white supremacist opened fire. The gunman was over 70 years old and was believed to have been a white supremacist for a long time. The suspect appeared to shout “Heil Hitler” as local TV crews filmed him being arrested.
The shootings occurred a day before Passover, a Jewish holiday. Officials refused to release the identity of the suspect, however the Johnson County police database showed that and individual by the name of Frazier Glenn Cross, age 73, was arrested and booked on suspicion of first-degree has no bail. Court records also revealed Cross also goes by Frazier Glenn Miller Jr.
Glenn Miller Jr. is an admitted white supremacist who, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), has been a part of white supremacy all his life. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), tracks white supremacists, and said it had confirmed that Miller and Cross were the same people in a phone discussion with Frazier Millers wife.
The suspect’s wife disclosed to the center that the last time she talked to her husband was when he claimed to be gambling at a casino in Missouri the day before the shooting. She was notified by police on Sunday that her husband had been arrested in Kansas.
The shooter opened fire around 1 p.m at The Jewish Community Center and the Village Shalom senior living facility. Overland Park Police said during a press conference that the suspect was a Caucasian male was not originally from the area and did not know the victims.
The Overland Park 911 operator’s received a call that shots had been fired at 1:03 p.m. Two males were found fatally wounded in a lot in the back of the Jewish Community Center. The building’s back doors had also been shot at but it’s unclear if the gunman intended to shoot them or if he was trying to hit other people. The gunman crossed the street to another Jewish center killing a woman in the parking lot. The suspect was later found outside of an elementary school and arrested without incident.
The suspect founded the Carolina Knights, a division of the Ku Klux Klan, in the 1980s. He also has a file at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). He spent time in prison for robbery as well as his role in the plot to assassinate the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) . The Kansas shooter suspect took a deal and avoided prison time by testifying against the 14 other white supremacist that were involved.
Before the Kansas shooting suspect was arrested he apparently tried to spread his white supremacist ideas to others when running for a seat in the U.S. Senate for the state of Missouri. His plans backfired when his ads caused anger amongst the voters. Miller allegedly tried to advise white voters to take back the country from mud people and Jews.
FBI has been assisting local law enforcement in Kansas with the case. It is unclear if hate-crime charges will be filed. President Obama gave remarks regarding the incident calling the shooting horrific. He then told the press that he and the first lady would being praying for the family and friends of those who lost a loved one in the shooting as well as all others affected by the tragedy.
By Sarah Wright