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Man who heard voices charged with murdering tattoo artist

Platte County prosecutor announces charges in killing of tattoo artist Russell Fisk

Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd announced charges in killing of tattoo artist Russell Fisk on Monday, May 21, 2018.
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Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd announced charges in killing of tattoo artist Russell Fisk on Monday, May 21, 2018.

A 41-year-old man who already faces felony charges for wounding two men in shootings last week has been indicted by a Platte County grand jury in the killing of a Northland tattoo artist.

Arnoldo Pompa-Rascon, who is listed by federal authorities as an undocumented immigrant, faces first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the May 11 shooting death of Russell Fisk.

Fisk was shot around 8:15 p.m. while driving a 2015 BMW I8. The car crashed into a light pole near Northwest Barry Road and North Marston Avenue in Platte County.

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Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said Monday he is considering whether his office would seek the death penalty in the slaying.

"We allege that the defendant chose his victims at random and that is an aggravating circumstance in Missouri law, but it is far too early to tell you whether the state will elect to pursue that in this case," Zahnd said.

Bond was set at $1 million in the Platte County killing. Pompa-Rascon is scheduled to be arraigned in Platte County on Tuesday, Zahnd said.

He is already being held on $1 million bond in Clay County. There he faces two counts of first-degree assault and armed criminal actionfor shootings that happened minutes apart and wounded a motorcyclist and a resident who had just arrived 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.

Federal immigration officials confirmed that Pompa-Rascon was in the United States illegally.

According to court documents filed in the other two shootings, Pompa-Rascon told police he shot a man in a "luxurious" car.

Pompa-Rascon was charged in Jackson County Circuit Court on Thursday with second-degree burglary, two counts of stealing firearms and tampering with a motor vehicle.

Russell James Fisk photo
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

Since a Platte County grand jury indicted Pompa-Rascon, details of the shooting death of Fisk were sealed.

However, the incident was laid out in previous court filings, Zahnd said.

A nurse driving behind Fisk's car told police she saw two cars driving side by side. She saw that the passenger window was down on the white car traveling beside Fisk's car, she heard a "pop" and then it sped off.

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 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.

Pompa-Rascon was arrested three days later after he wrecked a silver Dodge Neon near 101st Street and Missouri 150, then tried to steal a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado from a nearby residence, according to court records.

The pickup's owner held Pompa-Rascon at gunpoint after he saw him in the truck, rifling through the console.

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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