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Jewish Community Center shooting leaves three dead

A Jewish community center and a Jewish elderly care facility were the locations where three deadly shootings occurred in Overland Park, Kansas on Sunday afternoon, according to a Chicago Tribune report and a CBS News report on Sunday. One suspect has been taken into custody by authorities. There is no motive asserted for the shootings, but police are considering the possibility of the incidences being hate crimes against Jewish persons. The FBI has been summoned to assist with the investigation, according to Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass, and he says, “We know it’s a vicious act of violence.”

Jewish Community Campus shooting occurred on April 13, 2014.
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The first of several shootings was at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park. It occurred at approximately 1 p.m. on Sunday. From there, the shooter went to the Village Shalom which is described as a retirement community that gives skilled nursing services to the persons residing there. The suspected shooter, Fraiser Glenn Cross Jr. of Aurora, Mo., was apprehended at a school. He is the former leader of ther KKK who now goes by an alias for his real name Frasier Glenn Miller.

The Jewish Community Center is the site of Kansas City’s only Jewish community day education facility as well. The school is called the Human Brand Hebrew Academy, and it is where the bulk of the Sunday afternoon incidents occurred. At the time of the crimes, groups of school children were meeting in preparation for a school dance. The facility was locked down after the shooting, and students were rushed out of the building. Locals have said that they are shocked that such an incident would happen there.