JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. (WKBN) — Authorities said there is enough evidence to warrant a hate-crimes prosecution in the shootings that killed three people on Sunday.
Frazier Glenn Cross of Aurora, Mo., is behind bars in Johnson County, Kan.He has not been formally charged in the killings, but officials said more information about charges is expected on Tuesday.
Police said Cross fatally shot two people Sunday afternoon at a Jewish Community Center. They said he then drove to a retirement community, where he shot a third person.
The crimes occurred on the day before Passover, but none of the three people killed were Jewish. Police said Cross was even shouting anti-Semitic remarks after he was arrested in an elementary school parking lot.
“In the last 22 hours, we have learned that the acts this person committed were the result of beliefs that he had and that he was trying to hurt somebody based on their ethnicity, race, religion. There’s a whole number of categories under a hate crime,” said FBI special agent Mike Kaste.
“Violence motivated by hate is growing in the world and so this really should be a wake-up call that good people need to be united against hatred in any form,” said Rabbi Joseph Schoneberger of Temple El Emeth in Liberty.
U.S. law enforcement agencies reported 5,796 hate crime incidents in 2012, which is the latest figures available from the FBI.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.