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Jewish center shooting officially classified a 'hate crime'

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The shooting rampage outside two Jewish community centers over the weekend was officially classified a "hate crime" today by authorities.

The third victim of the mass shooting, which happened on the eve of Passover, was identified today by Overland Park, Ill., police as Teresa Lamanno, 53. The other two victims had been identified Sunday as high school freshman Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather Dr. William Corporon, 69.

The alleged perpetrator of the crime was identified as Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also goes by the last name Miller.

The suspect, who has been a white supremacist for decades, allegedly yelled a Nazi salute after the shooting Sunday in Overland Park, witnesses told police. The shooter then drove to a nearby Jewish assisted-living facility, shooting another victim to death before surrendering, police said.

The well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader was later recorded screaming "Heil Hitler!" during his arrest.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe and U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas Barry Grissom are deciding what charges to file in federal and local courts against Cross, who has not yet been charged.

The shooting spree started outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, where parents and their children were gathering for a singing contest and another event. Cross was armed with at least one shotgun and was allegedly shooting at people in the parking lot, witnesses say.

Overland Park police Chief John Douglass spoke at a news conference Sunday, saying the investigation is far from complete.

"Today is a sad and very tragic day," Douglass said.

Jenessa Watkins said she witnessed the shooting.

"It was really scary. I mean, people are calling their loved ones," Watkins said.

Police say high school freshman Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather Dr. William Corporon were shot and killed in their car. Two other would-be victims were able to dodge the bullets and run inside, officials said.

Mindy Corporon, the mother and daughter of the victims, spoke at a prayer gathering held Sunday night.

"I am the daughter of the gentleman who was killed and I am the mother of the son who was killed," she said, as the crowd gasped. "And I know that they are in Heaven together."

Suspect Glenn Miller, as he's known, has always been an honest and open white supremacist, said Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., which tracks hate groups.

"We have been tracking Miller, literally for decades," Beirich said. "He is literally one of the most hardcore anti-Semites I have ever spoken to."

Angela Wright, a classmate of Underwood's, attended choir with the victim. Wright cried as she remembered her friend. "He was a beautiful person who didn't deserve to have this happen to him," Wright said.

"He brought smiles to everybody and he would talk to anybody no matter who they were friends with, or popularity or anything … I hope he's singing in Heaven with all the angels, because he had the voice of an angel."

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