Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tragedy In Kansas City!

We here at Journal de la Reyna send our condolences to those affected in this senseless tragedy.

Three people are dead following multiple shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kan.

Overland Park Police confirm multiple shots were fired around 1 p.m. at the center, which is located at 5801 W 115th St., and later at Village Shalom, an assisted living center located at 5500 W. 123rd.

A total of five people were shot at: one male was shot at the center and died from his injuries at the scene. A second male was also shot at the center. He died at the hospital. A female victim was shot and killed at Village Shalom. The other two people were unharmed.

Pastor Adam Hamilton of Church of the Resurrection confirmed two of the victims are members of his congregation. The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

Police believe the shooter used a shotgun, and possibly a handgun and assault rifle.

Police took one man into custody at the Valley Park Elementary at 123rd and Lamar. The man was heard yelling "heil Hitler" as he was taken into custody. However, investigators say it is too early to label the incident as a hate crime.

The person of interest is described as a man in his 70s. Investigators say he is not from the area and there's no indication that he knew the victims.His identity has not been released at this time. He is being held at the Johnson County Detention Center.
The alleged suspect.
A 41 Action News photographer on the scene spoke with Mark Brodky, a member at the JCC, who says 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 also says he's seen the alleged shooter before. "He's a member of the club. But I don't know his name."

All JCC programs, classes, shows and auditions are canceled. The community center posted a message on their Facebook page.

Temple Israel and St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church will host a vigil service for those impacted by today’s events. The vigil will be held at 8 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, located at 12251 Antioch Road, in Overland Park. All are welcome to attend.

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