Authorities: Jewish community-related shootings in Overland Park, Kan., a 'hate crime'

State and federal charges possible

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The triple shootings at two Overland Park, Kan., Jewish facilities are hate crimes, and both state and federal authorities will investigate, Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney for Kansas, said at a news conference this morning.

“We want to express our condolences to the families of these poor souls who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and had the unfortunate experience of a first-hand encounter with evil,” Grissom said.

Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, who has an extensive history with the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups, was arrested after three people were fatally shot Sunday. He is being held in the Johnson County Jail on no bond.

Terri Lamanno was killed Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of Village Shalom Retirement Center on W. 123rd Street while visiting her mother, according to officials.

The shooting happened just minutes after a Johnson County physician and his 14-year-old grandson were shot and killed outside of the Jewish Community Center on 115th Street.

Miller was taken into custody at the Valley Park Elementary at 123rd and Lamar. Police said they received 28 911 calls from witnesses, which helped lead them to the school.

Two officers spotted the car in the school parking lot. Miller was allegedly armed inside of the vehicle. Police told him to surrender and he was taken into custody without incident.

He was heard yelling "heil Hitler" as police arrested him.

Since the shooting, authorities determined based on legal guidelines the crime falls under hate crime.

Michael Kaste, the FBI special agent in charge of the Kansas City FBI office, said a hate crime is a traditional crime motivated by bias.

The federal government will work with state and local authorities to prosecute Miller to the fullest extent of the law.

“I was horrified to learn of this weekend’s tragic shootings outside Kansas City,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement Monday. “These senseless acts of violence are all the more heart-breaking as they were perpetrated on the eve of the solemn occasion of Passover.”

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said charges are expected to be filed Tuesday. Grissom said they would also consider filing federal charges.

"It’s our belief based upon these horrific acts that (we) would be derelict in our duty if we did not look to every arrow in our quiver," Grissom said. "Both of us are going to be moving forward with our charges and at some time, if either one of us decides for reasons … that we need  to step aside, we will do that."

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