Jewish Center Shooting Leaves Three Dead, Suspect in Custody
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Three people were killed in two shootings at Kansas Jewish centers police said Sunday – the day before the Passover begins.
The three victims were shot in the Kansas City, Kan., suburb of Overland Park, in two locations – at Jewish Community Center and a Village Shalom, a Jewish assisted living facility, police said.
Overland Park Police confirm multiple shots were fired at the center, which is located at 5801 W 115th St., and Village Shalom, located at 5500 W. 123rd.
Both locations were put on lockdown following the shootings.
One man was taken into custody at the Valley Park Elementary at 123rd and Nall, according to said Jason Rhodes, a spokesman for the Overland Park Fire Department.
The man was heard yelling “heil Hitler” as he was taken into custody.
A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition at an area hospital.
At the time of the shooting, auditions for a dance competition and dance recitals were being held at the community center.
“This was a community center full of young teens, and they were on lockdown after the shots started. Some of these kids were taken into locker rooms and told to lay on the floor as the shots rang out,” a reporter told CNN.
A photographer for local 41 Action News who was on the scene spoke with Mark Brodky, a member at the JCC, who said another man pointed a gun at him and shot the windows out of his car.
“I thought he was shooting an air rifle and all the sudden he shot at me,” Brodky said.
Brodky also said he had seen the shooter before.
“He’s a member of the club. But I don’t know his name,” said Brodky.
All JCC classes, auditions, and events were cancelled.
A press conference is scheduled for Sunday evening.
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