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Possible hate crime leaves three dead after shootings near Kansas City

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Possible hate crime leaves three dead after shootings near Kansas City

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Apr 13, 2014

A 14-year-old boy and his grandfather are among the victims of a suspected white supremacist who shot them in the parking lot of a Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., before moving on to the Jewish assisted living facility Village Shalom, where he claimed the life of one more victim before being apprehended by police at an elementary school about a mile away.

Kansas City TV station KCTV 5 reports the man, now identified as 73-year-old Glenn Frazier Cross, appeared to yell "Heil Hitler" after he was taken into custody. Cross, who also goes by the name Glenn Miller, " is a known white supremacist and known for his anti-Semitic thoughts," reports KCTV. "He is a former grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan [and] a perennial candidate for office" in Missouri.

On Sunday afternoon, he shot high school freshman Reat Underwood and his grandfather, Dr. William Lewis Corporon, both members of a local Methodist church. Corporon died on the scene at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Underwood succumbed to his injuries later at a hospital.

Cross then moved on to Village Shalom, where he shot and killed a woman in the parking lot. Police say Cross also shot at other people, but missed and may have fired a dozen or more shots. The victims apparently did not know their killer.

Cross is being held on multiple charges including premeditated first-degree murder, KCTV reports.

At the time of the shooting, "Teens were auditioning for KC SuperStar and parents were frantically trying to get to their children," inside the Jewish Community Center, further reports KCTV. "In addition, rehearsals were underway for a production of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' when shots rang out at the theater."

An estimated 75 individuals were inside the center, primarily children. 

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.