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. rational thinker

    Homeowners' association president = Motive

    May 20, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Agnim

      You got that right, rational thinker! lol

      That 'motive' (being of homeowner association) was too easy. lol

      May 20, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • This. This! THIS!!!

      "rational thinker: Homeowners' association president = Motive"

      This.

      A hundred-fold, thousand-fold, a million-fold: THIS.

      If the assailant had been white [may we assume that it's a white development?], then that would have been my first guess.

      I'd also look into the possibility that either there are blacks in the development, or that a white homeowner had contracted with a black "hitman" to pull off the job.

      As it stands, I think that "black racism" and "win one for Trayvon" would be the most likely explanations.

      But don't kid yourself: Homeowners' Association thugs are PURE UNADULTERATED EVIL.

      They're exactly the sort of people who would be the commissars and the prison guards in the Gulag Archipelago if we lived in a slightly different society.

      May 20, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. JeffinAngola

    If the cops cannot determine a motive then they are cowards or just plain stupid. Either way they must be fired. What a joke...most cops are tools.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. isnrblog

    A random shooting of a White by a Black, Where are you Sharpton and Jesse? This was obviously racist.

    Oops, forgot. It's only racist when a White shoots or harms a Black. I get it.

    Keep it up, ni33ers and whites will get fed up with your crap. I live in Florida, I carry a gun. So do most of the people I know. Notice this type of thing doesn't happen in States with sane gun laws.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • RTB

      Actually, gun violence is highest in southern states with high rates of gun ownership.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. yup

    people today are just mean. they have no respect for anything. why???? look around you,if you are not brain dead,the answer is in plain sight.................................................

    May 20, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Agnim

    "Stone was a homeowners’ association leader ..."??

    "... and imagining motives, we have been able to find nothing in the man’s background or time or place or associations ...."

    Stop right there at 'associations'!

    Dictatorial homeowners association people on 'power trips', are some of the most despised, even more so than lawyers, no? lol

    May 20, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Mi Poo

      Absolutely true. Little dictators on power trips, messing with people's lives. That's the first motive I'd be investigating.

      May 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. brassia

    If Obama had a son he would look exactly like this young african american shooter.....

    May 20, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. edward

    useless low life liberal cops. it's black on white hate crime. serve and protect.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Robert

    The motive was racial payback, and you know it.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Paul B.

    We all know what the motive was, but we're not allowed to say.

    Used to be, this was a free country, and the pursuit of truth was one of our greatest strengths. But now it's been outlawed, and look at what we have in its place. The end IS near, unless we repent and return to the ancient paths.

    May the Lord confort the bereaved, and afflict the guilty.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. lel2007

    Justice for Trayvon ?

    May 20, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • lily

      Travyon was killed by a Hispanic, not a white.

      DUH!

      This was a hate crime and everyone knows it.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. botflyguy

    It won't be long until white people have had enough of this crap. The black people that are doing this are sub-human primates but all blacks will be targeted when the retribution begins.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • RTB

      Yeah. Sure. "It won't be long until the race war begins." "The whites have finally had enough . . .." Blah, blah, blah. Keep dreaming cowards.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Calvin

    uhhhhhhhhhhh. its a hate crime.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • libertarian4339

      Blacks kill a white, and the police are supposedly mystified as to the motive, after literally thousands of black on white attacks have occurred and are occurring all over the country.

      View the message boasrds of even the liberal newspaper sites and you will see that whitesare getting more racial with every reported even.

      If it keeps up, and obviously it will, there will be a white response. It will take a while, and it will probably be in conjunction with black rioting over some imagined injustice, but it will come, and we will be in the the race war so many have predicted for the last ten years.

      Civil War II, Thomas Chittum: The Coming Breakup of America. He was right!!!!

      May 20, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Binht

    Cowardly racist hate-crime

    May 20, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. max

    they have to look no further than Dallas, Florida, and where there has been unprovoked attacks, for the motive....this has started something across this country and if keeps up, will cause more of a push back and they will not want to feel the wrath that will happen. not from the law abiding people but from other groups and the country will be in a race war and that is exactly what some want. a turn around that will set this country back to the 60's. wake up dummies!! you are just hurting yourself whether you are aware of it or not!!

    May 20, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      retaliation attacks? It will not go well for the misguided who seek out this type of justice. the law will put them in prison for life regardless of their ignorance or attempt to right their perceived wrong. then they have wasted their life . certainly not a smart thing to make threats and beyond stupid to act on.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. .

    It's not a hate crime when a black kills a white. It's economic justice.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • yup

      you can't spell as well....jog.....add an s to cop....territory...not TERRORITY...you are as stupid as the rest of your no account bunch...

      May 20, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
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