Daily Israel Report

Obama Offers Condolences to Kansas Victims' Families

President Obama offers condolences to the families of those killed in Kansas shootings, offers assistance in investigation.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 4/14/2014, 5:00 AM

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama offered his condolences on Sunday night to the families of those killed in the shootings outside a Jewish community center and a retirement village in Kansas.

According to The Associated Press, Obama said he has asked his White House team to make sure law enforcement authorities have "the necessary resources to support the ongoing investigation."

The President pledged the full support of the federal government during what he called "this trying time."

Two men were killed Sunday when a man in his 70s fired shots behind the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas.

The gunman then fled and opened fire at nearby Village Shalom, killing a woman, before being arrested near an elementary school.

Obama said reports of the shootings were "heartbreaking."

Local news outlets reported that the suspect was heard yelling “Heil Hitler” as police took him into custody.

It’s too soon to say whether the shootings were a hate crime, Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass told reporters at a press conference later Sunday.

So far, two of the victims are reportedly not Jewish, as Pastor Adam Hamilton of Church of the Resurrection confirmed to local station KSHB that two of the victims are members of his congregation.

The same station later identified the victims as Dr. William Lewis Corporon and Reat Griffin Underwood (Losen).  Mr. Corporon was Reat’s grandfather.