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Man known to FBI, Frazier Cross Jr. suspected of hate crime murders of three people

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The 73-year-old man suspected in the deadly shootings at two Jewish facilities in Johnson County, Kan., has been identified as Frazier Cross Jr, who also goes by the name of  Glenn Frazier Miller.

The Overland Park Police Department announced Cross's suspected involvement in a news conference on Tuesday. Formal charges are expected to be filed Tuesday. Police said they are classifying the shootings as a hate crime.

On Sunday, April 13, police said Cross shot and killed two people outside the Jewish Community Center -- identified as 14-year-old Reat Underwood and his grandfather, Dr. William Lewis Corporon. Another person was shot and killed outside Village Shalom, an assisted living facility in Leawood, Kan. That person has been identified as Terri Lamanno. She was at Village Shalom visiting her mother when she was gunned down.

CLICK HERE to watch Sunday's full news conference on deadly shootings outside Jewish community facilities.

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Reat Underwood | Blue Valley School District

The Church of the Resurrection, a Methodist church in Leawood, confirmed that Underwood and Corporon were members of their congregation. They said the two were visiting the Jewish Community Center to participate in auditions for KC SuperStar, an “American Idol” style competition for high school singers in the metropolitan area, which was taking place there on Sunday.

Video of Underwood singing the National Anthem in 2013 at the Blue Valley Education Foundation was posted to YouTube. Watch it here.

Terri Lamanno was the 3rd victim of the deadly triple shooting on Sunday outside Village Shalom and JCC.

Terri Lamanno was the 3rd victim of the deadly triple shooting on Sunday outside Village Shalom and JCC.

Terri LaManno, 53, worked for eight years as an occupational therapist at the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired. She was visiting her mother at Village Shalom Sunday when the gunman shot and killed her. She leaves a husband and two children.

The suspect, Frazier Cross Jr. is from Aurora, Mo., and has been booked into jail in Johnson County. Authorities announced in a Monday news conference that he will face charges of premeditated murder. They said they have classified the crime as a hate crime and will take the case to a grand jury.

The shootings were first reported at 1:03 p.m. outside the Jewish Community Center at 115th and Nall. Minutes later they received a call on another active shooting situation outside Village Shalom Retirement Community at 123rd and Nall.

The suspect was arrested at Valley Park Elementary School at 123rd and Lamar. At a news conference Sunday evening, police were asked about reports that the suspect was heard yelling "Heil Hitler" while he was in the police car.

"The suspect in the back of the (police) car made several statements," Chief Douglass said. "We are sifting through and vetting those for accuracy, number one, and number two, we’re looking at them for their evidentiary value. It’s too early to tell you what he may or may not have said, but we’re trying to determine what that was at this point in time."

In all, the gunman shot at five people, police said. According to police, he used a shotgun. They were exploring the possibility that a handgun and an assault rifle were also involved.

What witnesses saw

The Jewish Community Center was on lockdown until shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday. There is a gym at that location, which witnesses say is typically very busy during the weekend. Several witnesses say they took cover in the locker rooms of the building, including FOX 4's Melissa Stern, who was at the community center when shots were fired.

CLICK HERE to watch Melissa Stern's account of what happened while she was there.

Another witness, Mike Metcalf, said he and his son were also at the community center when they heard gunfire.

Mike Metcalf was at the Jewish Community Center when he heard a gunshot and saw a man with a gun.

Mike Metcalf was at the Jewish Community Center when he heard a gunshot and saw a man with a gun.

"My son and I were walking into the Jewish Community Center this afternoon for an umpire clinic, around the west side, and all of the sudden we heard a gunshot, a pretty loud gunshot," Metcalf said. "I turned to look to my right and I can see a man standing outside a car with a shotgun, what to me looked like a shotgun, and there was somebody laying on the ground."

Metcalf said he yelled at his son to run as fast as he could.

"There are no words to express the senselessness of what happened this afternoon," said Chief Douglass.

The back doors to the Jewish Community Center have extensive damage, according to police.

The Jewish Community Center's Facebook page released the following statement on Sunday afternoon:

"Our hearts go out to the families who have suffered loss on this tragic day. Our heartfelt gratitude as well to all those in Kansas City and around the world who have expressed sympathy, concern and support."


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70 comments

  • Joe

    My thoughts and prayers to all affected by this act of insanity (spelled “hate” as in hate-crime. It should be prosecuted as such).
    May G-d sooth and comfort the wounds your community has suffered today and bring abounding peace and grace to those who have lost.

  • don aycock

    very sad thing to happen. Kansas has right to carry ccw law. to bad no armed citizen was there who could have shot him. this often happens in Israel which is why the terrorists went to bombs. may god bring peace to all.

  • Some Dude

    LOTS of violence is taking place in Kansas City and its surrounding areas in the past few months. ALL local leaders are silent. Political Correctness has corrupted almost everyone in law enforcement and the civil leaders of these communities. People are being injured and killed. Property is being damaged. And the silence from City Hall such you can hear a pin drop. The governor of Missouri doesn’t dare send 1 single National Guard unit to tame the violence. KCPD, Lee Summit, KCK and none of the other crime-ridden communities can keep up, but as long as metro area residents look the other way, nothing gets done. Let’s demand crime-fighting campaigns now or become Detroit!

    • DixT

      This did not happen in Missouri, it happened in Kansas. Remember, there are TWO cities named “Kansas City”—one in Kansas, and one in Missouri. The Overland Park, KS area is a relatively QUIET area!!!

      • Linda North

        Overland Park is part of the greater Kansas City area. These vicious acts of hate are a time for bonding together as non violent human beings and help with healing. Forget the Missouri Kansas thing for a while DixT.

    • Joe

      He isn’t mentally ill by medical standards. He is a radicalized hater and an idiot. No trial is necessary. Let’s just put a bullet to his temple; however, since that isn’t going to happen, we can enjoy the thought of him spending his few remaining years locked in a box.

      • John B. Jordin Sr.

        back public hanging. Do it in these stadiums we have. Charge Admission!
        How dare Liberals say that would be cruel and unusual, IT WAS THE PRIMARY MEANS OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT WHEN THE CONSTITUTION WAS WRITTEN AND RATIFIED!

  • Phil Rockow

    Joe to get a permit here in Ohio its a one-day course with minimal time actually shooting a gun and I guarantee if you have a permit or not you’re going to worry about getting the hell out of the gunfire,not being a hero. And probably have one more person dead. Not the gunman

    • Joe

      Well, where I come from CCW class is pretty much the same – listen to some guy (top-notch, state-accredited expert) tell you all the pitfalls and responsibilities, then you go out and prove your mettle by ripping paper with an acceptable score (mine was 243 out of 250 my first time out – many years ago. I’m better now).
      Yes, the first concern would be safety on your part but the next will be to ensure the safety of others, if you’re any human at all. If your first thought is to save your own hyde and screw the rest, then I don’t consider you human…

      • Gunner

        As a veteran of combat, I know what it is like to be sho at, I resent you inferring that everyone would skeddalle and turn tale. I have a Purple Heart, by the way.
        Do you think that I am not qualified to carry? I don’t , but I do have a CCW.

      • James B Schaller

        not all people are chicken shits like you…..some of us like GUNNER ,do run towards the shooting…..and i to have done it myself…..

      • John B. Jordin Sr.

        Since I was a veteran of Viet Nam and taught marksmanship for two years at Fort Knox Kentuckyall I had to do was show my DD214 and not attend the classes. I fired expert in the Army with a .45ACP and killed an NVA WITH MINE SHOOTING FROM A LIGHT Observation heliocopter. The NVA had an AK type rifle at port arms I have no idea why he didn’t shoot at me. I’m sort of glad he didn’t. I carried the .45 ACP cocked and locked in my shoulder holster. What’s that, Condition two?

        I think we’re getting away from the real issue here: Is the shooter better off now if he is found not guilty by reason of insanity and has to spend the rest of his life in a mental facility? Or he is found guilty and even if he gets the death sentence, he can count on at east twenty years in prison before it is carried out. Meanwhile it is free to him. What a plan! I know how expensive Assisted Living can be. If you don’t have insurance for long-term care which most people don’t Social security just isn’t enough. I know a man who robbed a national bank so that he would either get the money or go to a Federal prison. Federal prisons are typically nicer than state prisons. I visited him in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. To summarize, we have evolved a system that gives the elderly incentives to commit crimes! How does that grab you? I hope Liberals are reading this! The Law of Unintended consequences will get you every time.

  • Noah Weiss

    המחשבות והתפילות שלי יוצאות למשפחותיהם של אלו שאבדו וכולם מושפעים בהרג חסר הטעם הזה בערב חג הפסח כאן, בירושלים, אלה שישראל
    ספק בעיניי המדינה הבטוחה ביותר לחיות ב

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those lost and all affected by this senseless killing Passover holiday here in Jerusalem, whom Israel
    I doubt the safest country to live in

  • Richard Shuster

    It isn’t about carrying guns. Yes, every Jew should own a gun. Its about the senseless killing; by a sick human being against Jews or others, for whatever pathology that exists in this persons mind or values. He deserves a fair trial and I think if found guilty the appropriate punishment is obvious. G-d bless the families affected by this crazy rampage.

    • Jasper

      The appropriate punishment is death but he won’t outlive the appeals so ultimately, it will be life in prison. I hope he is miserable and drowns in his own tears of self pity.

  • Richard Thwaitesteiner

    ” … who was identified as 73-year old Billy Ray Lee from Brookline, Missouri, was arrested at a nearby elementary school and taken into custody. Lee, who does not have a criminal record, was said to have had occasional contact with Greene County Sheriff’s deputies, who have responded to domestic disturbances at his home at the Briarwood Mobile Home Park west of Springfield…”

  • Cindy

    This just makes those of us that live in Kansas City and the surrounding areas in such a negative light. Hate is hate, don’t judge the rest of us by a few bad apples. Our hearts and prayers go out to those families that were killed and injured.

  • ConcernedTrueAmerican

    My. .This piece of meat is probably related to Hitler’s spy Scherff family. They along with Brown & Harriman Bank in New York during the1930’s & 1940’s were shut down, assets frozen for trading with the enemy. Names involved were George Herbert Scherff the 1st. Also Herbert Walker Bush. Also George Herbert Walker Scherff Sr. Known also as the apple pie American Bush family. This shooter could be related to some of the Nazi’s brought to America during Operation Paperclip. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the families & loved ones of the murdered. Wake up sheeple!!!! The true American Patriots have been been needing to take the true trash out of this country for a little over 100 years now!!!! Inform yourselves!!!!

  • Voice Of Reason

    This of course was an act of terrorism by a cold blooded murderer and psychopathic monster with the same hatred towards the American way of life as the Boston Marathon and Oklahoma Federal building lunatics.
    Freedom of religion was the fundamental reason for America’s beginnings and to this day we who love freedom only have our resolve to protect that and our other foundational freedoms STRENGTHENED by acts like this.
    In this great nation Christians, Jews, Muslims can have our houses of worship, and our homes and schools, next to each other yet we live in peace and harmony. The pea-brained idiots like this hate-filled, hell-bound fool remind us how valuable these freedoms are. To our Jewish friends, freedom loving Americans everywhere support you and ALWAYS WILL.

  • ConcernedTrueAmerican

    r1st Blood Moon of the Four Blood Moon Tetrad of 2014-2015 is sundown tomorrow night in Israel on April 14th, 2014. That will officially be their 15th. I heard a few months back that Secretary of State John Kerry was supposed to be in Israel for some of”Peace and Security” Agreement on April 13th, 2014 between Israel & Palestine. Put.it this way: God has already stated his land shall not be Divoided. Maybe this shooter is affiliated with secret rogue societies who wish to enslave all of humanity, excluding themselves of course, & usher in Israel”their” new world order?? Theylike to accentuate the issues with horrible acts to bring attention to their desires which are portrayed to the public in false ways to get their way, just saying……..

  • Imajhawk

    Why are ya’ll arguing about this like this is a city council meeting? I know free speech but ya’ll are wasting time! These comments shud be about prayers for the families involved in this senseless act of hatred and ignorance! This man will not only get what he deserves by the eyes of the law but also when we meets God! Praying for everyone!

  • stanky_nutz

    His wife had to know of his hatred and was probably a major supporter of his. I think we need to investigate her as well because she is the one who has supported and backed her anti-semite husband for many years. She is as guilty as Jerry Sandusky’s wife. They are both guilty of ignorance to say the least.

  • sandi

    This nutcase figured that because the victims were at a Jewish facility, that they were Jewish. Well, none of them were. Just because I stand in a garage does that make me a car? This crazy nut needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. My heart aches for the families of the victims. I don’t know any of them, but I feel their sorrow. May God be with them, with his arm around them in this time of sorrow, The fact it occurred at the beginning of Passover was not a coincidence.

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