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Police arrest ‘raging anti-Semite’ in Kansas Jewish center shootings

(CNN) — A Missouri man, with a long virulent history of anti-Semitism, is suspected of killing a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center in Kansas City and a woman at a Jewish assisted living facility nearby.

While police in Overland Park, Kansas, stopped short of labeling the Sunday attacks a hate crime until they were further along in their investigation, the suspect, Frazier Glenn Miller, is the founder and former leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party.

Both operated as paramilitary organizations in the 1980s, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.

Miller, 73, who also goes by Frazier Glenn Cross, faces charges of premeditated first-degree murder. He is expected to appear in court Monday.

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The shootings took place at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and at the Village Shalom Retirement Community in Leawood — a day before the start of Passover, the major Jewish spring festival.

“The timing is terrible. The timing is awful,” said Rabbi Herbert Mandl, a chaplain for the Overland Park police.

In all, the gunman shot at five people, none of whom he’s believed to have known, said Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass.

Three people died; the other two were not injured.

Shortly afterward, authorities arrested the suspect at a nearby elementary school.

Video from CNN affiliate KMBC showed the suspect sitting in the back of a patrol car and shouting, “Heil Hitler.”

Douglass said police were investigating statements the man made after his arrest but declined to provide additional details.

The Anti-Defamation League said it warned last week of the increased possibility of violent attacks against community centers in the coming weeks, “which coincide both with the Passover holiday and Hitler’s birthday on April 20, a day around which in the United States has historically been marked by extremist acts of violence and terrorism.”

Click here for updates on this story from WDAF in Kansas City.

Shooting at Jewish Community Center in Kansas City (WDAF)

Shooting at Jewish Community Center in Kansas City (WDAF)

‘This has left us all breathless’

The shooting began just after 1 p.m. Sunday in the Jewish community center’s parking lot.

Inside the center was a hive of activity. A performance of “To Kill a Mockingbird” was about to begin, and auditions were under way for “KC Superstar,” an “American Idol”-style contest for the best high school singer in the Kansas City area.

Outside, the gunman opened fire. Police said he was armed with a shotgun and may have been carrying other weapons.

Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, was coming to audition for the singing competition. His grandfather, William Lewis Corporon, was driving him. The bullets struck them in their car. Both died.

Corporon was a doctor who practiced family medicine in Oklahoma for many years before moving to Kansas City to be closer to his grandchildren.

“He cherished his family,” the family said in a statement.

Reat was a high school freshman who was active in debate, theater and had “a beautiful voice,” his family said.

At a vigil Sunday night at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Mindy Corporon walked up to the podium and introduced herself as the mother and daughter of the community center victims. The gathered gasped.

“I know that they’re in heaven together,” she said.

Jacob Schreiber, president of the community center, remembered the family fondly.

“This is one of the nicest, kindest, most supportive families that we have here,” he said. “This has left us all breathless.”

From community center to retirement home

The center immediately went into lockdown.

“Some of these kids were taken into locker rooms and told to lay on the floor as the shots rang out,” CNN affiliate KSHB reporter Lisa Benson told CNN.

Jeff Nessel, a parent, told The Kansas City Star he had just dropped his 10-year-old son off at the community center when a staff member told him to get back inside because there had been a shooting.

“We’ll keep you on lockdown. You’re safe here,” Nessel said a staff member told him.

The gunman then drove to the retirement home, where he shot the third victim in the parking lot. She has not been identified.

Amy Rasmussen was helping with her grandmother’s laundry when residents were warned by a staff member.

People “were told by one of the staff that it was a tornado warning … and stay away from the windows,” Rasmussen told the newspaper.

‘A raging anti-Semite’

Miller, the suspected shooter, is a “raging anti-Semite” who has posted extensively in online forums that advocate exterminating Jews, the Southern Poverty Law Center said.

He has called Jews “swarthy, hairy, bow-legged, beady-eyed, parasitic midgets.”

According to the SPLC, Miller founded and ran the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1980s. He was forced to shut down after the SPLC sued him for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and intimidating African-Americans.

He then formed another group, the White Patriot Party.

In the late 1980s, Miller spent three years in prison on weapons charges and for plotting the assassination of SPLC founder Morris Dees. The short sentence was a result of a plea bargain he struck with federal prosecutors. In exchange, he testified against 14 white supremacists in a sedition trial in Arkansas in 1988.

“He was reviled in white supremacist circles as a ‘race traitor,’ and, for a while, kept a low profile,” according to an SPLC profile of him. “Now he’s making a comeback with The Aryan Alternative, a racist tabloid he’s been printing since 2005.”

18 comments

  • Vasu Murti

    My own experience as a Hindu vegetarian and as an animal advocate is that Christians are incredibly anti-semitic. Adolf Hitler thought Albert Einstein’s scientific discoveries were mere “Jewish science” and thus not applicable to gentiles. This is the mentality of meat-eating Christians towards vegetarianism, which they regard as a sectarian (like circumcision) dietary restriction (like “keeping kosher”) rather than as a universal ethic for all mankind (like abstaining from cannibalism). Meat-eating Christians, relegating animal rights and vegetarianism solely to Judaism are as bigoted as Hitler. There is a sad irony here as many liberals see the abortion issue as sectarian, too: if you’re not born again, you don’t have to be pro-life.

    We don’t hear meat-eating Christians say, “God bless the Jews. They gave the world monotheism. They gave the world Jesus. Albert Einstein’s scientific discoveries revolutionized the world in which we live. And now that we’ve abolished human slavery and emancipated women, it’s time to end animal slavery. Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for ‘entertainment’ insists People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). And the Hebrew Scriptures, which make up half of our own Christian canon, provide a basis for doing that!” At the end of 2007, shortly before moving to Israel, Pete Cohn of Veggie Jews in San Francisco said to me, “PETA’s not Jewish.”

    • athynz

      Not all Christians are anti-semitic.The ones that are anti-semitic are ignorant – much like anyone who says all Christians are that way.

      • David

        As always, you have totally missed the point and bloviate on the obvious. You and Eddie Haskell have much in common. Like the old adage, if you had brains you might be dangerous. Thank the gods you do not have a clue.

      • athynz

        Do you have to comment on every one of my posts David? And can you for once comment on the article? You call me brainless, unintelligent, and clueless – what is the person who argues with such a person considered? Let that just sit in your brain cell and perculate for a bit.

      • manalishi

        Welcome back David! i guess we will see more of you here since your daddy has been arrested as the headline states.

    • Terry Roberts

      What you just spouted off had nothing to do with this tragedy! You’re just another idot spouting off just like the nazi’s and the supremacists. Go back to your over populated screw up country and leave us alone.

  • Preston Thomas

    Two of the victims were a grandfather and grandson who were members of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, a U.S. congressman said. Rep. Kevin Yoder told CNN the church’s minister announced the news during services Sunday night

  • Preston Thomas

    “Two of the victims were a grandfather and grandson who were members of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, a U.S. congressman said. Rep. Kevin Yoder told CNN the church’s minister announced the news during services Sunday night”. they weren’t even jewish how is it anti semitic to kill 2 members of a Methodist church

  • Southern Gent

    With all the focus on international terrorists, domestic terror groups have fallen under the radar.

  • brett

    I say worthless subhuman scum racists/bigot, kidnappers, murderers, and people who chose to go on mass killing sprees- take them into the center of the community and stone them to death.

  • David

    Now you are commenting like Athynz, just for the possible recognition. You may want to emulate someone with some brains instead.

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