Itongadol.- Shooter charged with capital and pre-meditated murder; witness: “I’ve never felt this unsafe calling myself Jewish.”
Sunday’s attack on the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and the Village Shalom retirement community has officially been labeled a hate crime, Overland Park police chief John Douglass told reporters on Monday, less than 24 hours after three people were killed in those buildings’ parking lots.
On Tuesday, state prosecutors announced the suspect would be charged with three counts of murder.
The police confirmed the identity of the suspect: Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr, a 73-year-old white man from neighboring Missouri, who also goes by the names Frazier Cross, Frazier Glenn Miller, or Glenn Miller.
US district attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom and Johnson County district attorney Steve Howe announced on Tuesday that Cross would be charged with one count of capital murder in the deaths at the JCC, and one count of first-degree, premeditated murder for the death at Village Shalom.
Cross could be sentenced to death if convicted on the capital charge of killing a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather. He faces life in prison for the premeditated murder charge in the killing of a woman at a nearby Jewish retirement home just minutes after the first two victims were shot, said Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe.