Kansas City Jewish center, seniors’ home shootings kill 3, gunman arrested

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Overland Park, KS, United States (4E) – Three people were killed in shootings at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and a nearby senior living facility in Overland Park, Kansas City Sunday afternoon.

Overland police arrested the suspected gunman outside the Valley Park Elementary after he shot dead two males, including a 14-year-old boy, at the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre inside the JCC at 5801 W. 115th Street and one female at the parking lot of the Village Shalom at 5500 W. 123rd St. about 1 p.m.

One of the victims at the theater died on the spot while the other died while being treated at a hospital. Five people were also injured by gunfire at the JCC. The gunman fired at two people at Village Shalom but they were not hit.

The suspected shooter detained at the Johnson County Jail was a man in his 70s with a beard. Reports said he was smiling and yelled “Heil Hitler” while being led away in handcuffs around 2:45 p.m. hinting that the shooting could be a hate crime. But the motive of the shooter is still being determined by investigators.

Police said he used a shotgun in the shooting and had a handgun with him when arrested. His vehicle had Missouri plates. He did not know the victims.

The shooting at the theater occurred past 1 p.m. when it was packed by teens auditioning for KC SuperStar, an American Idol-style contest that awards scholarship to the best high school singer in the metropolitan area.

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