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. J

    Black Lincoln MKZ

    May 20, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. onceagain

    Raytown Mo is an inner city suburb of Kansas City Mo and has been changing from working class white to lower income white and black. The shooting took place on a major street just one block from the depressed down town. The person shot was an older person that has lived in Raytown most of his life and did not join the white flight to leave the crumbling city.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Trajan Long

    Hate crime. PC is a cancer on freedom.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. noteabags

    This is why you should always jog with a loaded gun in your shorts – safety off! It's what Rick Perry does.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. David

    The police intentionally won't say it nor will the media. He was targeted and killed by blacks because he was white. No other reason. And the police will not pursue this crime. They are to politically correct and afraid of Jackson, Sharpton and the NAACP and their own Black Police Officers Association to say anything. This country is going down the toilet rapidly.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rubicon

    Duh? Planet earth to see no evil, hear no evil, keystone cops. He was shot because he was white, and because the coward who shot him looked like our race-baiting president's son.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Former Patriot

    What a news flash! Things like this happen across the Divided States of Amerika every day. For the last 3 miserable years everything is about race, and the flames of racial discord are fanned by J. Jackson, A. Sharpton, Mullah Farrakan and obama. Wait until the November riots.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. babykitty

    No motive? How about racial hatred? Anyone paying attention to all of the black-on-white crime sprees can tell that.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Let your conscience be your guide

    Race-baiting happens from both sides... don't speak lies. That one WAS an obvious lie...

    May 20, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cogsys

    Look, just say it, this guy was killed because he was white. The media likes to pretend that only white people commit race based hate crimes because of their self hate, but it is PEOPLE committing these crimes. Being a minority provides no special integrity or 'higher consciousness' so stop pretending is does.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • RTB

      If the media was doing what you claim, why did they even report this story?

      May 20, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Brutha V

      Bingo. Just like the white woman stabbed in the back at the Target in Dallas, TX: there was no motive - just an inexplicable black on white crime.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Breeze

    And the killer is: The NRA and every other unreasonable gun nut who demands that anyone regardless of mental state or criminal predisposition must have access to a gun. This is our real terrorist threat.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee S

      The NRA is for gun registration and licesensing. How much you want to bet the shooter had neither for his weapon. Most crimes with guns are done by people who probably really have no idea how to operate a gun, excpet for point and pull the trigger. People that have been taught respct for firearms do not commit these kinds of acts.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Well after all doesn't MO have Open Carry Law. The victim probably jogged right in front of this car of folks, and they determine that it won't happen again. So yes NRA and folks wanting to return to the wild, wild west are to blame.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. yup

    i for one am tired of working to pay taxes for pourch dewelling dope head non working blacks that punch out babies with any woman that spreads her legs just so they can grow up to repeat the process and expect a check each it or not,your race is 99% of the problem with this country,and will continue to be at an increasing rate. raise your nation so that this country can one day can be another should have left when abe offered you a free trip back home,i know this country would not be on the down curve that it is in today...yeah,your fault...

    May 20, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jamal Robinson

    Whites can't job through black terrority, if they do, its at their own risk. Simple as that.

    Cop won't even look into this, I mean come on, they have video of the car, and say they don't even know what make or model it is?

    May 20, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • RTB

      White territory? Black territory? Are you drinking already?

      May 20, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • yup can't least learn before you come in here and show just what a fool you are....the word is JOG...NOT JOB......i am sure you don't know what job is anyway,also add a S to cop's,and above all learn to spell is not terrority...had you not been busy stealing cars and selling drugs in school,you may have learned something..and by the wzay,where do you think the money comes from to support most of you pourch dewlling dope heads?????from us working people. you may want to stop killing JOBBERS[i spelled it that way for you] about doing something most of your race does not do....go to school,get a job...surprise us.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lee S

    He was killed because he was white.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • RTB

      So you think the police should say, based solely on one witness, that they know this was racially motivated? Exactly what would that serve, other than to provide red meat for white racists? What harm is there in the police doing their jobs? Investigating, finding the killers, finding out the motive and then releasing the results. That's exactly what they did last month when those two white men went around shooting black pedestrians.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. clepto

    its obvious why he was killed...

    May 20, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
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