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Man charged in Northland shootings said 'voices' told him to shoot

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Russell James Fisk, a well-known tattoo artist killed in a shooting in Kansas City's Northland over the weekend, was the type of person who wanted to make everybody feel special. On Friday, police found Fisk fatally shot inside a sports car.
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Russell James Fisk, a well-known tattoo artist killed in a shooting in Kansas City's Northland over the weekend, was the type of person who wanted to make everybody feel special. On Friday, police found Fisk fatally shot inside a sports car.

Clay County prosecutors have charged a 41-year-old man with two separate shootings that happened last Friday in Kansas City North.

Arnoldo Pompa-Rascon faces two counts of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in shootings that happened minutes apart and wounded a motorcyclist and a resident shortly after arriving home.

Pompa-Rascon told investigators after being arrested that he heard "voices" telling him to shoot the victims but "he decides with his heart who is bad and who to shoot."

He told investigators that the gun wouldn't fire "if they are good people," according to court records.

Pompa-Rascon is in the country illegally and had entered illegally on four occasions, according to court documents.

An hour before the two nonfatal Northland shootings, Russell Fisk was shot around 8:15 p.m. Friday inside a 2015 BMW I8 before it crashed into a light pole near Northwest Barry Road and North Marston Avenue in Platte County.

No criminal charges have been filed in Fisk's shooting. Court documents filed in the other two shootings say Pompa-Rascon told police he shot a man in a "luxurious" car.

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Russell James Fisk was a well-known Kansas City tattoo artist and owner of Black Card Tattoo Collective in Zona Rosa Town Center. He met his girlfriend, Kasie Phillips, while he worked at Bad Donkey Tattoo Co. at the Lake of the Ozarks. Courtesy of Kasie Phillips

He also allegedly told police he shot a victim on a motorcycle and one in a driveway, according to court records.

Court records document three shootings within an hour in the Northland:

A nurse driving behind Fisk's car told police she saw two cars driving side by side and heard a "pop." She saw that the passenger window was down on the white car traveling beside Fisk's car and that it sped off after the "pop." Fisk's car went off the roadway and struck a pole. She went to Fisk's car and apparently checked for a pulse.

Fisk was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, court records say.

She said she didn't see any altercation between the two cars before the shooting.

The shooting was captured on a Kansas City traffic camera. The shooter's car appeared to be a white or silver Dodge Neon, court documents say.

An hour later, Pompa-Rascon allegedly wounded a 31-year-old motorcyclist who told police he was shot in the left hand while he traveled northbound on North Oak Trafficway near 102nd Street about 9:15 p.m. Friday.

The victim said he heard a gunshot moments after a silver Dodge Neon with a rear spoiler drove past him. The victim realized he had been shot as he drove home.

Minutes later, Pompa-Rascon allegedly shot a 31-year-old man after he pulled into his driveway at Northeast 111th and North Campbell streets. The victim was shot through the right side of his chest. The victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. His condition was not available on Wednesday.

The victim was able to tell police that he saw a silver Dodge Neon traveling near his home as he pulled into the driveway. The driver of the Dodge tried to ask the victim something but the victim was unable to determine what the driver said.

He approached the driver and apologized for not being able to understand what the driver said.

The man began to walk away when Pompa-Rascon allegedly shot him in the chest. After being wounded, the victim brandished a handgun out of his holster and returned gunfire as the Dodge sped away, according to court records.

Pompa-Rascon was arrested Tuesday morning after wrecking a silver Dodge Neon in the area of 101st Street and Missouri 150, according to court records. Police found a Glock handgun in the car that had been reported stolen during a home burglary several days earlier.

Speaking through a certified Spanish interpreter, Pompa-Rascon told investigators that he had earlier broken into a house in south Kansas City and had stolen two guns.

He is being held in the Clay County Detention Center on a $1 million bond. No arraignment hearing has been set.

Russell James Fisk, a well-known tattoo artist killed in a shooting in Kansas City's Northland over the weekend, was the type of person who wanted to make everybody feel special. On Friday, police found Fisk fatally shot inside a sports car.

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