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. RTB

    Genocide? A drive by shooting, tragic and unjustified as it is, is nothing like genocide.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Don't Worry

      I think he/she were referring to the amount of Black on White (American) crime for the last couple of decades. It's actually very close to a million.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Kim Baliey

      Blacks MURDER 500,000 Whites, Latinoas and Asians every yr in the US.

      2 Asian men pushed onto incoming train by a Black animal---Youtube

      May 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melon13

      Kim Bailey...I know that you are just trying to be funny....500,000 murders a year...... really? At that rate the population should be pretty depleted by now. How old are you?

      May 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Ah no, the number is closer to 2,000.

      May 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nazi Pelosi

      I cannot find that video

      May 20, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      There were just under 14,000 murders in total in the US last year. Sorry. Try again.

      May 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DarkMarcsun

    Honestly I'm shocked this even made it onto CNN at all, let alone one of their front page links.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Let your conscience be your guide

    I for one am sick of hearing how the next President of the US will be better...
    Pleazzzzzzzzzzzze It never ends. Say something original why doncha

    May 20, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. PWH

    The Censored Race War:
    Black on White Hate Crimes

    It goes against the Liberal's narrative & would cut into the Poverty Pimp's profit.
    Cover it up. Cover it up, put blinders on & cover it up.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fiona

    Gang initiation shooting - I will bet my house on it. Drive-by shootings are a regular occupancy in the Larino-gang infested community where I live. Sometimes the person shot is from a rival gang, but far too often the victim is a stranger going about his or her business. Far too often for it to be chance.

    The world is becoming a horrible place.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • RTB

      It does sound like he was targeted at random, which sounds like a gang initiation or a thrill killing. As for being evidence that the world is becoming a horrible place, I think that's an overreaction. Crime rates in this country, including murders, are at historic lows. It's just that now, crimes that formerly never would have made the national news are sensationalized due to the need to provide news to feed the 24 hour news cycle beast. And with the news, it's still the case that if it bleeds, it leads. And if race is involved, the media will squeeze every ounce of attention out of it they can. Look at all the attention this story got out of the racially aggrieved who imagine that "their side" is getting a raw deal. Bias and stories about it sell. Doesn't mean the world is worse than it was or that racism is worse either. It does make it more difficult to keep perspective if you try to judge the world by occasional sensational news stories.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. slaveworld

    Maybe because he was WHITE and the media keeps racism alive and well in the states with the whole Trayvon Martin was killed by a WHITE hispanic?

    May 20, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Fiona

    That should be "regular occurrence". Stupid iPad.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. slaveworld

    Another great story in the world of failed multiculturalism is you can call the African Americans cultured

    May 20, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • no nothing

      English grammar???

      May 20, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Biker

      You are pathetic. You make some racist comment from your behind your computer... you coward. You are what's wrong with this world, you are no better then the people that did the crime.

      May 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Race baiting

    You guys are too dumb to see your being racebaited by a bot, and the killer was probably a federal agent used to promote an agenda. C o I n t e l p ro

    May 20, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • slaveworld

      Now there is an interesting thought

      May 20, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • hilroy

      Agreed

      May 20, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. yarply

    Would they be less or more inclined to find a motive if two people wearing white sheets drove by and shot an old black man

    May 20, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. commonsense

    Motive is obvious: Justice For Trayvon

    May 20, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Maybe we'll learn one day

    WE should have never put them on that boat
    WE should have never let them cross that border.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. yarply

    Haven't packed a pistol for thirty years.,Iit looks like it's time to start again.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. RTB

    The victim was a man. Did you even read the article or are you just looking to make a racial statement without being bothered with the facts?

    May 20, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Don't Worry

    To Race baiting.

    Not a bot.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
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