During a prayer breakfast in Washington Monday, President Obama addressed the shootings that took place outside the Jewish Community Center and the Village Shalom Retirement Center.
"Our prayers are with the people of Overland Park. We're still learning the details, but this much we know. A gunman opened fire at two Jewish facilities - a community center and a retirement home. Innocent people were killed. Their families were devastated. This violence has struck at the heart of the Jewish community in Kansas City," he said.
Three people were killed when the alleged shooter, Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, opened fire Sunday. Cross, who also goes by Frazier Glenn Miller, is a former Ku Klux Klan leader and a white supremacist.
"As a government, we're going to provide whatever assistance is need to support the investigation. As Americans, we not only need to open our hearts to the families of the victims, we've gotta stand united against this terrible violence which has no place in our society," added President Obama.
According to ABC News, Miller yelled "heil Hitler" has he was being arrested on Sunday.
"That this occurred now, as Jews were preparing to celebrate Passover, as Christians were observing Palm Sunday, makes this tragedy all the more painful," said President Obama. "And today, as Passover begins, we are seeing a number of synagogues and Jewish Community Centers take added security precautions. Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers. No one should ever have to fear for their safety when they go to pray. "
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