A 22-year-old Missouri man was indicted for the murder of five middle-aged white men since last year and one white woman — including four on south Kansas City walking trails. Frederick Demond Scott, a 23-year-old black man, and faces a total of six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of armed criminal action in a string of killings that began in August 2016.
He made the inflammatory and racist statements including an incident in January of 2014 at Center Alternative School where he threatened to shoot up a school and “kill all white people,” according to a municipal citation for harassment. Court records quoted Scott as stating – “I want to shoot the school up, Columbine-style.” He was sentenced to 180 days in jail but the sentence was suspended and he was given probation instead. He was also ordered to stay away from the school and “intense” supervision was ordered at that time.
He had also had other issues with local law enforcement. Last year, he was found guilty of stealing a three-pack of underwear from a Dollar General. He was also ordered to pay $100 restitution for ripping the screens off of two front windows at the home where he lived. None of his previous involvement with law enforcement gave any indication that he was violent or had any intention of killing anyone.
All five of the male victims were white men between ages 54 and 67. All five were fatally shot, most from behind, in surprise attacks as they walked dogs, visited parks and, in one case, walked down a city street. The female victim was homeless. Her decomposing body was found in a tent in woods in Grandview, a suburb of Kansas City. According to police, she was also shot much like the male victims. If Scott is found to be responsible for all six deaths, he would meet the FBI’s standard of a serial killer.
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