Suspect in Kansas shootings faces murder charges

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Kansas prosecutors have filed state-level murder charges against the white supremacist accused in a shooting spree that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said Tuesday that Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

Howe says Cross also faces one count of first-degree, premeditated murder for the death of a woman who was gunned down while visiting her mother at a nearby retirement complex.

The 73-year-old Cross is from southwest Missouri, and his racist activities have long drawn the attention of hate-group monitors.

Federal prosecutors say they're pursuing their own hate-crimes case against Cross.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress to approve $15 million for training law enforcement officers in handling shooting rampages.

In a video message posted on the Justice Department website Tuesday, the attorney general says training is critical since patrol officers who arrive first on the scene are increasingly being relied on to respond directly to shooters rather than waiting for SWAT teams.

The Justice Department and the FBI have provided this special training to 50,000 front-line officers in the past decade.

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