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Hate crime confirmed in Kansas City shootings

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 - 01:14

April 14 - Authorities confirm the shooting spree that killed 3 people in Kansas City, outside a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement home, was a hate crime. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Frazier Glenn Cross, age 73, was arrested Sunday after a shooting spree that killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather outside a popular Jewish community center, and a third victim outside a nearby Jewish retirement home. Authorities have determined it to be a hate crime. "We have unquestionably determined through the work of local and federal law enforcement agencies that this was a hate crime," confirmed Oakland Park Police Chief John Douglass. "The United State attorneys office will be filing hate crime violations against this defendant," added Barry Grissom, District Attorney for Kansas. Authorities also confirmed that Frazier Glenn Cross was arrested back in 1987 and served time in jail. This is public record. 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 . High school student Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, was with his grandfather, William Corporon, outside the Jewish Community Center when attacked. The teenager, a member of an area Methodist church, was at the center to audition for a singing competition, according to family member Will Corporon. The grandfather died at the scene and the boy died later at a hospital, police said. The shooter then drove a little more than a mile away to the Village Shalom retirement community and fatally shot a woman there, police said. The woman killed was Terri LeManno, an occupational therapist and married mother of two children, according to a statement issued Monday by the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired where LeManno was employed. It appeared the gunman had used a shotgun and possibly other firearms, police said. President Barack Obama offered condolences. "While we do not know all of the details ... the initial reports are heartbreaking," Obama said in a statement. The Jewish Community Center, known locally as "The J" is a popular spot for many families throughout the area, Jewish or not. It is also the site of Kansas City's only Jewish community day school, the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy.

Hate crime confirmed in Kansas City shootings

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 - 01:14

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