Visitor shot and killed on the grounds of an assisted living community in Kansas
A woman visiting her mother at an assisted living facility in Kansas was gunned down in the parking lot Sunday, in what authorities are describing as a hate crime.
Theresa “Terri” Rose Hastings LaManno was shot and killed on the grounds of Village Shalom, a retirement community in Overland Park, KS, where her mother is a resident, investigators said at a press conference Monday. Village Shalom offers independent and assisted living and skilled nursing services, according to its website.
“We are extremely proud of the way our staff and residents reacted during the crisis,” said Village Shalom President and CEO Matthew E. Lewis. “Due to the policies, procedures and emergency preparedness training that Village Shalom has in place, our staff responded appropriately to the crisis, ensuring the safety and security of our residents.”
Lewis expressed condolences to the families of all the victims.
LaManno was a 53-year-old occupational therapist and had worked at the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired for eight years, according to a statement from the center.
Two other victims — 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon, M.D., and his 14-year-old grandson Reat Underwood — were shot outside the Overland Park Jewish Community Center. None of the three victims was Jewish, but authorities said they believe the suspected shooter was motivated by anti-Semitism.
The suspect, 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, was arrested within 20 minutes of the crimes, according to news reports. He reportedly has ties to the Ku Klux Klan and shouted pro-Nazi slogans while being detained. He is expected to be charged as early as Tuesday.