The Kansas City area last year experienced the kind of horror that people in Charleston, S.C., did Wednesday night when a gunman entered a church and opened fire on people inside.
F. Glenn Miller Jr., a white supremacist, faces murder charges in killing three people at two Jewish facilities in April 2014 in Overland Park. It was a hate crime even though none of the three victims was Jewish.
In Charleston, a 21-year-old white gunman fatally shot six women and three, men including the church pastor and state senator, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, during a Bible study meeting. The FBI identified the shooter as Dylann Roof of Columbia, S.C. It is being investigated as a hate crime.
He was captured 11 a.m. Thursday in North Carolina in a traffic stop close to 300 miles north of Charleston after an extensive manhunt.
Police said Roof sat with churchgoers inside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for about an hour on Wednesday before he started to shoot people.
It is an unfortunate sign of the times when bold gunmen enter a house of worship and kill people as they are praying. It also is why stricter gun regulations are needed.
Miller, 74, is charged with capital murder in the fatal shootings of William Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, on April 13, 2014, outside the Jewish Community Center. Miller also is charged in the shooting death of Terri LaManno, 53, outside the Village Shalom care center. All three were Christians.
In the Charleston slayings, authorities have reported that the gunman clearly was out to kill African Americans.
“You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go,” the shooter told the group, according to the survivor's account NBC’s website reported.
Three people survived the deadly evening in the church, which dates to the early 1800s.
Unfortunately it will result of the church shooting in Charleston and those at the Jewish facilities in the Kansas City area will be more security at places that had been open and welcoming to the public.