A Kansas City man who is suspected of shooting and killing five middle-aged men in the past year allegedly once said he wanted to target white people and threatened a school massacre.
Court records show that Fredrick Demond Scott, 22, was quoted saying “kill all white people” after he threatened to shoot up Center Alternative School in January 2014, reports The Kansas City Star.
The 22-year-old is charged with murder for the shooting deaths of Steven Gibbons, 57, and John Palmer, 54. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced the charges on Tuesday, and also said that Scott is a suspect in the shooting deaths of David Lenox, 67, Timothy S. Rice, 57, and Mike Darby, 61.
All five of the men were middle-aged and white. Almost all were shot from behind in surprise attacks while they were walking their dogs, strolling through parks, and in one case, walking down a city street.
Police say they’re unsure if the shootings were motivated by race, and Baker said there is no clear motive in the murders.
Scott’s mother said she was unaware that her son might have had racially-driven anger, saying that “as far as I know Fredrick never had a problem with white people.”
In 2013, Scott was cited for assault against his mother.
And court records show that in 2014 Scott made the statement that he wanted to shoot up Center Alternative School “Columbine-style,” and that he wanted to kill himself and “kill all white people.”
He was reportedly sentenced to 180 days in prison, but the sentence was suspended and he was put on probation.
His mother said she didn’t recall the incident.
According to the Kansas City Star, if Scott did murder all five of the men, he would be considered a serial killer under the FBI’s standards.
Scott has been cited for a slew of small crimes, but they weren’t violent. Last year he was found guilty of stealing a pack of underwear from a Dollar General, and earlier this year he was ordered to pay $100 in restitution fees after he was found ripping screens off windows in front of the home he lived at.
Police said anyone who has had contact with Scott may have important information without even realizing it. They asked anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.
Scott is currently behind held in the Jackson County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
Feature photo: Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office