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Shooting Suspect Was Known for Racism

  • In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

    In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

  • In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

    In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

  • CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

    CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

  • CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

    CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

  • CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

    CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

  • CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

    CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

  • CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

    CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

  • In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

    In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

  • This April 14, 2014 photo shows the Aurora, Mo. home of Frazier Glenn Cross. Cross, 73, is accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex on Sunday near Kansas City. He was booked into Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after the attacks in Overland Park. (AP Photo/Maria Sudekum)

    This April 14, 2014 photo shows the Aurora, Mo. home of Frazier Glenn Cross. Cross, 73, is accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex on Sunday near Kansas City. He was booked into Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after the attacks in Overland Park. (AP Photo/Maria Sudekum)

  • This April 14, 2014 photo shows the Aurora, Mo. home of Frazier Glenn Cross. Cross, 73, is accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex on Sunday near Kansas City. He was booked into Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after the attacks in Overland Park. (AP Photo/Maria Sudekum)

    This April 14, 2014 photo shows the Aurora, Mo. home of Frazier Glenn Cross. Cross, 73, is accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex on Sunday near Kansas City. He was booked into Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after the attacks in Overland Park. (AP Photo/Maria Sudekum)

  • This 2006 photo shows Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, in Marionville, Mo. Cross, a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt, is accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Dean Curtis) NO SALES

    This 2006 photo shows Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, in Marionville, Mo. Cross, a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt, is accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Dean Curtis) NO SALES

  • This 2006 photo shows Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, in Marionville, Mo. Cross, a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt, is accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Dean Curtis) NO SALES

    This 2006 photo shows Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, in Marionville, Mo. Cross, a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt, is accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Dean Curtis) NO SALES

  • In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT
  • In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT
  • CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT
  • CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT
  • CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT
  • CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT
  • CORRECTS FROM APRIL 14 TO APRIL 13 - In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT
  • In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT
  • This April 14, 2014 photo shows the Aurora, Mo. home of Frazier Glenn Cross. Cross, 73, is accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex on Sunday near Kansas City. He was booked into Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after the attacks in Overland Park. (AP Photo/Maria Sudekum)
  • This April 14, 2014 photo shows the Aurora, Mo. home of Frazier Glenn Cross. Cross, 73, is accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex on Sunday near Kansas City. He was booked into Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after the attacks in Overland Park. (AP Photo/Maria Sudekum)
  • This 2006 photo shows Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, in Marionville, Mo. Cross, a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt, is accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Dean Curtis) NO SALES
  • This 2006 photo shows Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, in Marionville, Mo. Cross, a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt, is accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Dean Curtis) NO SALES
  • In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDIT

Overland Park, Kan. — Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism.

Yet there’s scant evidence the Army veteran and retired trucker with Ku Klux Klan links ever resorted to violence before Sunday, when authorities say he opened fire with a shotgun and pistol outside a Jewish community center and retirement complex near Kansas City. None of the three people killed were Jewish.

The 73-year-old Cross, who shouted a Nazi slogan at television cameras when arrested minutes later, has been jailed awaiting charges that investigators said could come as early as today. At some point, a federal grand jury is expected to review the slayings, which authorities now deem a hate crime.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said the victims “happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time” and had “a firsthand encounter with evil.”

The FBI and police have not offered any public explanation for what triggered Sunday’s deadly outburst in Overland Park on the eve of the Jewish festival of Passover. While the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies were familiar with Cross, Sunday’s gunfire was “very random,” the FBI’s Michael Kaste said.

“We don’t really see how this could have been prevented. There’s at least no obvious answer,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups and had a considerable dossier on Cross. “He is one of the more frightening characters out there, no question about that.”

A Johnson County jail official reached Monday by The Associated Press refused to make Cross available and referred inquiries to his attorneys and Overland Park police. The Kansas City Star reported that Cross had been assigned two federal public defenders.

Knocks by an Associated Press reporter went unanswered Monday at Cross’ small, single-story home bordered on three sides with barbed-wire fences near the southwest Missouri town of Aurora, some 180 miles south of Overland Park. Parked outside was a red Chevrolet bearing two Confederate flag stickers. In nearby Marionville, Mayor Dan Clevenger said Cross often distributed racist pamphlets.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said Cross, who also went by the name Frazier Glenn Miller, has been immersed in white supremacy most of his life. During the early 1980s, Cross was “one of the more notorious white supremacists in the U.S.,” according to the Anti-Defamation League.

He founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and served as its “grand dragon” before launching the supremacist White Patriot Party, the law center said.

By 1987, he was the target of a nationwide manhunt for violating terms of his bond while appealing a North Carolina conviction for operating a paramilitary camp. Federal agents tracked him along with three other men to a rural Missouri mobile home stocked with hand grenades, automatic weapons and thousands of bullets.