OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Police now consider Sunday's multiple shootings at two Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan., a hate crime. Authorities believe the 73-year-old suspect in custody, Frazier Glenn Cross—who is also known as Glenn Miller, fired his gun aiming for a specific person: someone from the Jewish community.
The Jewish Community Center was closed on Tuesday, still wrapped in yellow crime scene tape, with cars riddled with bullets in the parking lot. On Tuesday, both the Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass and the FBI said they believed the arrested suspect was motivated by his beliefs.
Chief Douglass said the case is now considered a hate crime, escalating to a federal offense, because, "We believe his motivation was to attack a Jewish facility."
On Sunday, at 1:01 p.m., authorities said they believed it was Miller who opened fire, unmasked, in the JCC parking lot.
Several teens had entered the JCC for a singing competition. The suspect's bullets hit and killed 14-year-old Reat Underwood and his grandfather, Dr. William Lewis Corporon.
“It wasn't unusual for my dad to be taking a grandkid somewhere. It just happened to be sheer dumb luck," Dr. Corporon's son William Corporon said.
Authorities said Miller drove to Village Shalom, an assisted living facility, where he killed a third victim, Teresa Rose LaManno.
LaManno was a mother and attended St. Peter's Catholic Church.
The Jewish Community Center's CEO, Jacob Schreiber, said they've received phone calls of support from all kinds of faith across the country.
“The entire community stands united as we prepare for the Jewish holiday, this evening, a time of peace hope and freedom," he said.
Since it's now considered a hate crime, possibly committed by a suspect with a long history of white supremacist affiliations, both the federal government and the local district attorney could each file charges.
The U.S. attorney said he already has so much evidence that a grand jury could get this case soon.