Authorities work behind a police line near the location of a shooting at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2014.
Three people are dead and a “person of interest” is in custody after two separate shootings were reported at Jewish-related locations in Overland Park, Kan., a spokesperson from the Overland Park Police Department confirmed to Mashable.
The first shooting was reported around 1 p.m. ET at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, according to KCTV, a CBS affiliate in Kansas City, Mo. The second shooting occurred at Village Shalom, an assisted-living center, around 1.7 miles away.
Police declined to provide details surrounding the victims’ death. According to the Associated Press, two of the victims died at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and the other victim was killed at Village Shalom.
A 15-year-old boy is also in critical condition at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center, spokesperson Christine Hamele confirmed to Mashable.
Village Shalom, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and the Overland Park Fire Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
UPDATE, Sunday, April 13, 6:45 p.m. ET: At a news conference, Overland Park Police Chief John M. Dogulass gave an update on the situation. The suspect, a white male in his 70s, is not from Kansas and there is no indication that he knew the victims at either site. Authorities also confirmed that a shotgun was involved in the shooting, but other weapons may have been involved.
The three confirmed victims were two males at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and one female at Village Shalom. A total of five people were fired upon. The 15-year-old boy originally reported to be in the hospital has died. He was reportedly one of the two male victims who were killed at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.
Douglass also stressed that it is too early to label the incidents as any specific type of crime. “There is not a lot of information that we can verify at this moment,” said Douglass.
UPDATE, Sunday, April 13, 9:10 p.m. ET
President Obama just released a statement on today’s events in Kansas. The President offers his condolences and pledges support from the federal government. Read the entire statement below:
President Obama issues statement on today’s shootings at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas pic.twitter.com/iWp0btlF3t
— NBC Nightly News (@nbcnightlynews) April 14, 2014
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