Jogger’s unexplained slaying stuns Missouri city
Harry Stone, 60, was fatally shot Sunday morning while jogging in Raytown, Missouri.
May 18th, 2012
07:39 PM ET

Jogger’s unexplained slaying stuns Missouri city

Harry Stone was on one of his usual jogs in a Kansas City suburb shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sunday when an approaching car slowed down and a passenger shot him.

The vehicle kept going without stopping, and Stone, 60, later died at a hospital.

Nearly a week later, police in Raytown, Missouri, say they have no suspects, and no one has any idea why he was targeted.

He wasn’t robbed. He didn’t have any known enemies. And a gang-initiation hit appears implausible, Raytown police Capt. Ted Bowman said.

“Even grasping at straws and imagining motives, we have been able to find nothing in the man’s background or time or place or associations or his relationships or his history,” Bowman said Thursday.

“Literally, we can find no motive,” he said.

Stone was a homeowners’ association leader and the husband of a pastoral assistant – she was supposed to preach Sunday morning at Raytown’s St. Luke United Methodist Church, CNN affiliate WDAF reported.

He was shot near an intersection by a gas station. Surveillance video from the station shows the shooting, though police have released only footage of a few seconds before the shot, Bowman said.

The video shows a dark-color, four-door car. Police say they don’t know the model or the license plate number. Bowman said a witness was able to describe only the passenger, and the description was light on details: a young African American male with a short Afro-type hairstyle.

A Kansas City police spokesman, representing a multiagency detective squad that looked into the shooting, initially told local media that the killing could have been part of a gang initiation, as CNN affiliate KCTV reported.

But Bowman said Thursday that detectives have determined this probably wasn’t the case.

“We have not found any of the street gangs, that we’re aware of, to make that an open part of the initiation process,” he said.

People who knew Stone told KCTV that he enjoyed serving others, doing things such as helping to build a park next to his church. His daughter, Susan Li, told reporters Monday that he prided himself in keeping physically fit and hoped to get back into running marathons.

Li asked for people with information about the shooting to come forward.

“He was in constant service … to the community, and the community now has the opportunity to be in the service of justice,” she said.

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  1. warman

    White guy shot at "random" by a couple of black guys. Police can't come up with a motive. Very perplexing!

    May 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. &^%$#@!

    It's gurillia warefare by meme.
    get it
    The gang banger/soldier echilon is listening to WKWP.
    we kill white people

    May 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GSP

    Yeah, it could have been little green men from Mars. But the passenger in the suspect vehicle was black.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GSP

    Wheres the Justice department. Where are the on going headlines. Where are the people marching on the poice station. Oh, it's a white guy killed by a black. Who cares.....

    May 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raphael

    It reeks of a racially motivated crime- black hatred of any one of Caucasian heritage.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • elkhorn

      Hate crime. Will be covered over by PC police.

      May 20, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PowerPC

    If the police are "stunned" and do not know the motive, it is because the are completely stupid or they are so PC now that it inhibits them telling the truth. The man was gunned down for being white, end of story! The police need to use common sense and realize minorites are capable of hate and bigotry as well as any other race. Quit covering for the murderers!

    May 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Acebandage84

    The dark colored car in the security footage appears to be a 2001-03 era Pontiac Grand Prix sedan. The rear window pane behind the rear passenger door is very telling. not to mention the shape and length of the rear panel to the back of the bumper. The front end of the vehicle also appear to have the pontiac signiture large grill port. The distance between the A-colums and the front fender also suggest, Pontiac Grand Prix sedan. I don't see how they can say they do not know the make of the vehicle.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ken ray

    Africans consider humans to be targets and sources of goodies. Since he wasn't carrying anything that they wanted they went to the target option.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Russell Simmons

    If this was a white youth that shot an elderly black man in the white part of town this would be all over the news.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lee

    Further proof of a war against us consider the whites in Sanford FL area. They knew police would not protect them so they asked NSM to help. NSM organized armed safety patrols to protect them. Learn more at nsm88.org. It isn't about hate, it's about survival.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. thesitrep

    Just some more justice for Treyvon, I imagine.
    We are going to see a whole lot more of this.
    The media, Al Sharpton, Crump et al have seen to it.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    The whole story is a big "mystery", huh? Looks like yet another case of blatant black on white crime that will go unpunished or uninvestigated.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lee

    Random drive by shootings of whites by blacks. Just keep in mind that we Whites are not animals like them. We do not kill innocent people. Join with NSM and similiar groups to protect our people. There will be more than enough bloodshed as this war escalates. Joining NSM is also good as it provides guidance. We don't need lone wolves like Timothy McVeigh giving us a bad reputation.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lee

    Take a look at the race war heating up in Texas! Lots of whites getting shot, set on fire, etc etc. Looks like we had better buy every round of ammo and every gun we can. So unnecessary but inevitable with race baiting liberal media, openly anti-white federal government, etc. So be it.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. J Ruben Kincaid

    Dear Police,
    This was a hate crime.
    Thank you

    May 21, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
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