Three dead in shoot­ings at Kansas Jewish cen­ters

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL / WORLD -

The sus­pect in the Passover Eve killings of three people at two Jewish com­mu­nity cen­ters in the Kansas City area was sched­uled to ap­pear in court on Mon­day to face mur­der charges.

Po­lice said it was too early to de­ter­mine if Sun­day’s killings were mo­ti­vated by anti-Semitism, but a leading anti-hate group said the sus­pect was a for­mer se­nior mem­ber of the white su­prem­a­cist Ku Klux Klan move­ment.

“We know it’s a vi­cious act of vi­o­lence. Ob­vi­ously two Jewish fa­cil­i­ties, one might make that as­sump­tion,” Over­land Park Po­lice Chief John Dou­glass told a news con­fer­ence.

The vic­tims in­cluded a 14-year-old boy. Au­thor­i­ties in Kansas iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Fra­zier Glenn Cross, Jr., 73. The South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter, which mon­i­tors hate groups, said Cross was once the grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. It said his wife had told the cen­ter on Sun­day that po­lice in­formed her Cross had been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ings.

Cross was be­ing held on sus­pi­cion of pre­med­i­tated mur­der in the first de­gree and was to ap­pear in court on Mon­day af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to jail records.

The shoot­ings, which took place on the eve of the Jewish hol­i­day of Passover, started around 1 p.m. at the Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter of Greater Kansas City in Over­land Park. Two males were shot in a park­ing lot out­side the cen­ter, one dy­ing at the scene and the other at a hospi­tal later, po­lice said. Reuters

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