The 73-year-old man charged with murder in the Sunday shooting at a Jewish community center and retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas, is reportedly the former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, ABC News reported.
The suspect is identified as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. of Aurora, Mo., the New York Times reported, citing Johnson County booking records.
ABC News reports that Cross was booked on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of three people Sunday, according to the Johnson County, Kansas, Sheriff’s Office.
Cross is an alias for Frasier Glenn Miller — the former KKK leader — according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, ABC News added.
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In a statement released Sunday night, the SPLC said it was able to identify Cross as Miller after a phone conversation with Miller’s wife, Marge, in which she told them police had come to her home and told her that her husband had been arrested in the shootings.
The address listed by the sheriff’s office for Cross is the same address Frazier Glenn Miller used when filing candidate papers to run for Congress in Missouri in 2006 and when he sued the secretary of state for refusing to let him on the ballot.
The SPLC sued Cross in the 1980s for intimidating African Americans, and he has had several run-ins with the law since then, NBC News reported.
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A profile assembled by the Southern Poverty Law Center includes several anti-semitic statements attributed to Cross.
According to the SPLC, Cross quit high school as a senior to join the Army. In a 20-year Army career he had two tours in Vietnam and 13 years as a member of the elite Green Berets before he was forced to retire because of his Klan affiliation in 1979.
Later he went on to be active in a neo-Nazi group called “The Order” that advocated violence against Blacks and Jews among others, the SPLC said.
A clip from KCTV-TV in Kansas City of police taking shooting suspect into custody:
This story has been updated.