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Montgomery-based SPLC: Kansas shooting suspect was on our radar for decades

Intelligence Project Director for the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center, Heidi Beirich,says the Center has been tracking Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, since the early 1980s. Intelligence Project Director for the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center, Heidi Beirich,says the Center has been tracking Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, since the early 1980s.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

State and federal authorities are investigating Sunday's shootings outside a Jewish community center in Kansas City as a hate crime. Intelligence Project Director for the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center, Heidi Beirich, says the Center has been tracking Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, since the early 1980s. 

"He was involved in a Klan group at the time, then later the White Patriot Party," according to Beirich, who says his most recent activity was online, "a hate forum called Vanguard News Network, posting really rabid diatribes against the Jews."

That's evidence that supports the FBI's suspicion of a hate crime. In a news conference Monday, Special Agent In-Charge Michael Cast said, "In the last 22 hours, we've learned that the acts that this person committed were the result of beliefs, were the result of beliefs that he had and he was trying to hurt somebody based on their ethnicity, race, religion, there a whole number of categories under a hate crime."

"Glenn Miller basically believes this - that Jews are responsible for everything bad that's happened to the white race, and therefore they need to be exterminated, " says Beirich.

[AP REPORT: "Kansas shooting suspect had no record of violence]

[KCTV: "Man yells 'Heil Hitler' after fatally shooting 3 at Jewish centers]

And while there's no evidence suggesting he had an accomplice in this crime, Beirich says Miller is certainly not alone in his beliefs. "I think the forum probably has several thousand people on it….  there are dozens and dozens of posts calling him a hero on Vanguard News Network," she added.

The suspect surrendered to police minutes after the shooting. The hate crime charges are pending, but he's already facing murder charges and is in jail with no bond.

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