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. A.C.

    This man's only crime seems to have been "Jogging While White" (JWW).

    Well, I'm just sayin'...if the civil rights mafia can get away with saying Trayvon was killed for "WWB" (Walking While Black) despite MOUNTAINS of contrary evidence, then why not JWW?

    Was he wearing a hoodie?

    May 21, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. thomas peters

    It's up to you Black Leaders in the country, if you want a race war then stay silent!

    May 21, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • yankeefan

      Who thinks the Black Leaders in America DON'T want a race war. AG Eric Holder has in effect authorized "get out of jail free" cards for black on white crime. He is a real uniter your President Obama. If I voted in the US, I would submit an absentee ballot rather than risk going to the polls on election day. If Obama loses, all hell will break loose.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. baldowl

    Black hate is the motive. Black hate. While we've been teaching our children tolerance and understanding, blacks have been indoctrinating their children with malice and resentment. Black hate is the motive here and in many other instances. Black hate. Become familiar with it.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. baldowl

    Wake up, white people. It's time to put an end to this madness.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • sickandtired

      lock and load, the time has come

      May 21, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Spy

      Umm, sorry, maybe I read the article backwards.....the guy shot was WHITE....the guy shooting was BLACK....how did this become a WHITE RACIST thing??????

      There's that BLACK HATE......Everything is the WHITE man's fault!!! – IDIOTS...and you wonder why racism still exists....look in the friggin' mirror....

      May 21, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. belunan

    A black man shoots a white man during a period of tension caused by a Hispanic (previously reported as white) man killing a black teenager...and they're baffled for a motive? No. They're not. They're being silenced to avoid turning this one-sided race war into a two-sided race war.

    They know damned well that if the media start reporting honestly about black-on-white crime, white people will start shooting back and then all hell will break loose.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. gracie

    There's always a motive.
    What that motive might be is unclear but there always is a motive.
    A thrill kill. To 'get bones'. To 'see what it feels like'.
    I hope the killer is caught.
    Prayers and peace to the family.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jeanette Runyon

    Of course there was a motive is Bowman really that stupid? Is he not aware that when blacks murder or otherwise harm whites, it is almost always stranger-murder, and, in a great number of case, not done for reasons of robbery, but just to harm or kill or the sake of harming or killing? A black man killed a white stranger. It happens all the time. But Bowman, as your typical politically correct police captain, cannot openly state that, so he is compelled to keep looking for a relationship or a motive to explain the killing.

    May 21, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. malcolmwwhite

    What upsets me the most is that many and I mean many of these comments of a race war waiting to happen...may just be right?

    May 21, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Southern Man

    Sadly, the victim was related to a Methodist minister. I say sadly because many of the Christian sects ladle out White Guilt like it was going out of style. The Methodists, as a result of their Synod system of policy making, have been invaded nationwide with those that sling the weapon of white guilt in order to turther their view of reparations. Forget about the welfare costs of just this past century that total some 10 to 15 trillion dollars. It has become the sing song fate of all America that we pay homage to social justice rather than attend to the spiritual needs of the flock. And that is sad.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scott Battles

    Interesting, this is not on two of the major local Kansas City television news web sites. This will get worse before it gets better. Interestingly I had stopped to get gas there two weeks ago, it definitely gives the individual the impression it is a unsafe area. The cowardly punks need a slow, painful and public death.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. terry

    This is why Americans are buying guns and ammunition. Because they know the police are looking the other way to enable black racist violence against Whites and other non-affirmative-action minorities like Asians.

    So if you haven't gotten your background check (it only takes a few minutes to apply and wait a few days to get it back), do so now before the black violence, race riots and black flash mobs REALLY get out of hand.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. The Observer

    Liberia, the solution then. The solution now.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. allamericanmark

    Political correctness, and fear is the reason they don't admit they suspect a racial motive. When no other motive is plausible, racial hatred has to be considered here. White folks in this city need to be warned, as this may continue, and it is the duty of the local authorities to consider ALL motives, no matter the political pressure to ignore the obvious.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Al Samir

    Interesting how this type of behaviour is prevalent in every country by this r a ce.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. New York Nick

    Since when do the third world ghettosnipe and illegals polluting every major American city into third world status just like the dumps they came from need a motive to open spray drive by anyone anytime?

    That's why half of us walk around with LEGAL loaded weapons in the year 2012. It ain't to protect us from the "wild Injuns" or the Rogue Sheriff. It's a joke what we've let these people do to this country our ancestors sweat bled and died for for the past 300 years, it's take take take and give diddly.

    The bar of excellence has been on the ground since 1985 and it might as well be buried and broken in half since that doesn't mean anything in THIS nation anymore. It's "how low can it go" as the battle cry of the left today..

    May 21, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • dudeonfire

      it's becomine a race war. Helter Skelter. The govt wants this. For many reasons

      May 21, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Well said, Nick. I'm afraid that there is no turning around on this "Road to Ruin" that our leaders have sent us down. Jump in the lifeboat NOW or go down with the ship. The ocean may be cruel to those in a little "lifeboat" but at least it will still be floating. :/

      May 21, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
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