ADL Calls Shootings At Jewish Community Facilities In Overland Park, Kansas "Heinous And Unspeakable Acts Of Violence"



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ADL Calls Shootings At Jewish Community Facilities In Overland Park,

Kansas "Heinous And Unspeakable Acts Of Violence"

ST. LOUIS, April 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called the shootings earlier today at two

Jewish community centers near Kansas City, which left three people

dead, "an unspeakable and heinous act of violence" and called on the

public not to draw any conclusions until authorities have released the

results of the investigation.

While authorities have not yet determined whether the incidents were a

hate crime, ADL remains in close contact with local, federal, and

state law enforcement officials as the investigation continues.

The shootings at the Jewish Community Center and the Village Shalom

assisted living facility in Overland Park, Kansas, left people three

dead. One person was in custody. The alleged shooter was described by

authorities as a white male in his 70s who was not from Kansas. A

shotgun and a handgun were believed to have been used during the

shooting spree.

"The attacks on the Jewish community centers in Overland Park are a

cowardly, unspeakable and heinous act of violence," said Karen

Aroesty, ADL St. Louis Regional Director. "While it is too early to

label these shootings as a hate crime, the fact that two Jewish

institutions were targeted by the same individual just prior to the

start of the Passover holiday is deeply troubling and certainly gives

us pause. We have reached out to local, state and federal law

enforcement and stand willing and able to offer guidance and

assistance to the community if this incident turns out to have been

motivated by anti-Semitism."

Just last week, ADL sent out a security bulletin to Jewish community

institutions across the country warning of the increased potential for

violent attacks against community centers in the coming weeks, which

coincide both with the Passover holiday and Hitler's birthday on April

20, a day around which in the United States has historically been

marked by extremist acts of violence and terrorism, including the

violence at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas and the

Oklahoma City Bombing..

"ADL is not aware of any additional threat to Jewish institutions at

this time," said Ms. Aroesty. "Nevertheless, it is appropriate for

Jewish institutions to make sure that all of their security measures

are in place and in good working order."

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading

organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that

counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry. Follow us on Twitter:

@ADL_News

SOURCE Anti-Defamation League

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/CONTACT: In St. Louis: Karen Aroesty (314) 308-4890, In New York: Todd Gutnick (917) 544-2342, adlmedia@adl.org

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