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Kansas Shooting Suspect to Face Murder, Hate Crime Charges



The man arrested in a deadly shooting spree outside two Jewish centers in the U.S. state of Kansas is set to appear in court Tuesday on charges of premeditated murder.

The suspect, 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, is a longtime white supremacist and Ku Klux Klan member.

Authorities have said the killings of three people outside a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement complex will be prosecuted as a hate crime.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is asking Congress to approve $15 million in funding to train police officers to handle active shooters.

The Justice Department says Holder is making the request in the wake of the Kansas incident and the April 2 shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, which killed four people.



In a video message on the Justice Department website, Holder said the training is critical because patrol officers who arrive first on the scene are increasingly being relied on to respond directly to shooters rather than wait for SWAT teams.

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