According to Portland, Oregon news outlet at 17-year-old high school student was recently shot and killed in broad daylight, near a fairly crowded light-rail station. The ongoing investigation revealed that the boy was shot by an 18-year-old who accosted him in order to steal the belt he was wearing. The investigators believe that the shooter was accompanied by at least one other individual at the time of the robbery.
High School Student Murdered Over a Belt
Portland Police Department reported the 18-year-old Kole Jones, a Gresham resident, was taken into custody and charged with the murder of 17-year-old Shawn Scott Jr. According to the investigators, the tragic events that led to Scott Jr’s death began when Jones and his group of friends saw the victim strolling through a nearby park.
Detective Erik Kammerer, the lead investigator, told the reporters that Jones and his friends kept eyeballing Scott Jr., as he was wearing an impressive belt. The group decided to approach the boy, with the intent of stealing his accessory.
Since the murder occurred in the vicinity of a fairly crowded area which includes a shopping center and a light-rail station, the investigators could piece together the events using the security camera. On the day of Scott Jr.’s death, a camera mounted at the light-rail stop captured Jones’s group approaching the 17-year-old boy.
Kammerer said that the surveillance footage shows Jones pulling out a gun he had concealed in his jacket and making threats. At one point, the teen seems to point his gun towards Scott’s belt, probably telling that he wants him to remove the belt.
Scott’s Killer To Serve Time in Prison For Multiple Charges
At the moment, the details of the high school student’s murder are a bit vague. For example, the investigators have yet to discover the reason why Jones decided to shoot Scott, despite him being willing to surrender the belt.
A couple of minutes later, Jones opened fire, killing Scott Jr. on the spot. According to the coroner’s report, Shawn Scott Jr. was shot once in the head from close range with a high-caliber gun.
Jones was immediately taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder. However, it would seem that the 18-year-old boy who shot the high school student might also be charged with robbery after he tried to steal several items from a Macy’s shop earlier this month. A subsequent unlawful use of a vehicle might also be added since the individual was caught driving a car without having a driver’s license.
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