Hatred inspired a 73-year-old man to open fire outside a Jewish community center in Kansas, killing a teen and his grandfather, authorities say.
Witnesses say Frazier Glenn Cross, who also goes by the last name Miller, yelled a Nazi salute after the shooting Sunday in Overland Park, one day before the start of Passover. Police say Cross then drove to a nearby Jewish assisted-living facility, shooting another victim to death before surrendering to authorities.
The well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader was later recorded screaming “Heil Hitler!” during his arrest.
The shooting spree started outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, where parents and their children were gathering for a singing contest and another event. Cross was armed with at least one shotgun and was allegedly shooting at people in the parking lot, witnesses say.
Overland Park police Chief John Douglass spoke at a news conference Sunday, saying the investigation is far from complete. "Today is a sad and very tragic day," Douglass said.
Jenessa Watkins said she witnessed the shooting.
“It was really scary. I mean, people are calling their loved ones,” Watkins said.
Police say high school freshman Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather Dr. William Corporon were shot and killed in their car. Two other would-be victims were able to dodge the bullets and run inside, officials said.
Mindy Corporon, the mother and daughter of the victims, spoke at a prayer gathering held Sunday night.
“I am the daughter of the gentleman who was killed and I am the mother of the son who was killed,” she said, as the crowd gasped. “And I know that they are in Heaven together.”
Suspect Glenn Miller, as he’s known, has always been an honest and open white supremacist, said Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., which tracks hate groups.
“We have been tracking Miller, literally for decades,” Beirich said. “He is literally one of the most hardcore anti-Semites I have ever spoken to.”
Angela Wright, a classmate of Underwood’s, attended choir with the victim. Wright cried as she remembered her friend. “He was a beautiful person who didn’t deserve to have this happen to him,” Wright said.
“He brought smiles to everybody and he would talk to anybody no matter who they were friends with, or popularity or anything … I hope he’s singing in Heaven with all the angels, because he had the voice of an angel.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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