So horrible! A man in his seventies shot two people dead at a Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas before then going to Village Shalom, an assisted living home and killing another on April 13, the eve of Passover.
A man in his seventies is in custody after shooting three in Overland Park, Kansas, right outside of Kansas City on April 13. While many details are not yet known, the man arrived at the community center around 1:00 PM, asking who was Jewish, and killing those who answered “yes.”
Kansas City Jewish Center Shooting
The suspect did not enter the Jewish Community Center, located at 5801 W. 115th St., the center’s Facebook confirmed, but the building is on lockdown and closed after a man shot two individuals in the parking lot, including a young teenage boy, according to CNN.
“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,” KSHB reporter Lisa Benson told CNN.
The man shot and killed two people before getting into his car and going to the Village Shalom assisted living home on 5500 W. 123rd, and shooting an elderly woman dead. Afterward, he got back into his car and was stopped by police at Valley Park Elementary school at 123rd and Nall St. He was heard yelling “Heil Hitler,” Rabbi Herbert Mandl told CNN, who added that there are about 20,000 Jews in the community.
Jason Rhodes, a spokesman for the Overland Park Fire Department, confirmed that one man is in custody.
“I thought he was shooting an air rifle and all the sudden he shot at me,” Mark Brodky, a member at the JCC whose car windows were shot out, told a 41 Action News photographer, the local station in Kansas City.
Jewish Community Center: No Shooting Occurred Inside
JCC is now under lockdown, according to its Facebook. They also posted the following update:
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.
No shooting occurred inside the Jewish Community Center buildings; the shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Campus. Everyone participating in JCC programming has been released to their homes.
We will post more information following a debriefing at the Overland Park Police Command Center and a 5:00 p.m. press conference, which will be carried live.
In the meantime, the Jewish Community Center will be closed tomorrow. Again, our hearts go out to all those affected and touched by this terrible tragedy.
We will continue to update you as more information is made available.
— Emily Longeretta