Law enforcement officials in Kansas City, MO have arrested 22-year-old Fredrick Demond Scott. Scott is accused of shooting five middle-aged white men, four of them on local walking trails. In 2014, Scott threatened to shoot up a school-and “kill all white people.”
According to court records, Scott made those statements while attending the Center Alternative School. On Tuesday, police arrested Scott in connection with two murders and he is a suspect in three more. Authorities are charging him in the deaths of both Steven Gibbons, 57, and John Palmer, 54.
Furthermore, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Baker is also naming Scott as a suspect in the murders of David Lenox, 67, Timothy S. Rice, 57, of Excelsior Springs, and Mike Darby, 61. Darby was co-owner of Coach’s Bar & Grill. Prosecutors are accusing Scott of fatally shooting all five men from behind- deeming the murders as “surprise attacks.”
Interestingly, speaking to the Kansas City Star, Scott’s mother says her son doesn’t have a problem with white people. “As far as I know Fredrick never had a problem with white people,” his mother said. “He would do odd jobs for people and some of those people were white men.”
Allegedly, Scott is a paranoid schizophrenic who refuses to get treatment.
He appeared in court in 2013, after assaulting his mother by pushing her several times. His mother says she called the police, hoping that “tough love” would prompt him to change. Needless to say, it didn’t and now five innocent men are dead.
Needless to say, it didn’t. Five innocent men are dead.
Scott’s sentence for making the violent threats to kill white people was 180-days in jail Incidentally, after suspending that sentence, the judge gave him probation. Now, if prosecutors can link Scott to all five murders, he will meet the FBI’s criteria for a serial killer.
Friends and family believe that Scott is distraught over the murder of his half- brother, Gerrod Woods. Woods was fatally shot during a robbery attempt in 2015. The man responsible for the murder, Jimmie Verge, is currently serving 45 years in prison for the murder.
In case you are wondering; Verge is also black.