Kody Lott: 5 Fast Facts You Need to KnowPublished
9:49 pm EDT, September 4, 2016 Updated
10:42 pm EDT, September 4, 2016 9 Comments By Tom Cleary
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Kody Lott, left is accused in the murder of Lauren Landavazo, a 13-year-old Wichita Falls, Texas, girl who was shot while walking home from school with her friend, 13-year-old Makayla Smith, who was seriously wounded in the shooting, police say. (Facebook)
A suspect has been arrested in the brazen broad daylight drive-by shooting that left one 13-year-old Texas girl dead and another seriously wounded, police say.
Kody Lott is accused in the shootings of Lauren Landavazo, who died at the scene, and Makayla Smith, KAUZ-TV reports. They were shot Friday as they walked home from school in Wichita Falls.
Lott was arrested Sunday. He is being held on $4 million bail on murder and aggravated assault charges, the Times Record News reports. Lott was taken into custody at a shopping center after police went to his apartment complex to arrest him, according to the newspaper.
It is not yet known if there are any other suspects. It is also not known if Lott knew the victims.
Police say Lott confessed to the shooting.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Girls Were Shot by a Man Armed With a Rifle Driving an SUV While Several Witnesses Watched, Police Say
Wichita Falls Police say the gunman opened fire from inside a pickup truck about 3:30 p.m. Friday in an alley on Kingston Drive, near the school where Laura Landavazo and her friend, Makayla Smith, were walking home from, the Times Record News reports.
He used a rifle, police said. Several witnesses, including other students walking home from school, were in the area, according to police.
“We’re going to work this until this is resolved,” Wichita Falls Police Chief Manuel Borrego told reporters, saying the shooting happened in a normally quiet residential neighborhood in the southwest part of the city. “It’s very tragic and heartbreaking that this involved two young people.”
More shots were heard about 5 p.m., but police have not confirmed if they were connected, the Times Record News reports. Two people were detained in that incident.
Smith was listed in stable condition on Sunday.
Lauren Landavazo Murder: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Lauren Landavazo, 13, was fatally shot while walking home from school in Wichita Falls, Texas. Her friend, Makayla Smith, was wounded. No one has been arrested.
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2. Police Refuted Rumors the Shooting Had Been Committed by White Supremacists, but Haven’t Released a Motive
Kody Lott. (Facebook)
Police issued a statement Sunday to refute rumors that had spread online about the shooting being racially motivated. At least one website said the gunman was a white supremacist who was upset because Landavazo was friends with a black girl. The other victim is black.
“There has been a recent report show up on social media and other websites that makes references to the shooting. The statement claims that it was committed by a white supremacist who targeted the victims due to their race and friendship,” police said. “The WFPD wants to strongly refute that claim. There has been no evidence found to indicate such a motive.”
But police have not yet released a motive for the shooting.
3. Lauren Was a Student at a Nearby Middle School & the Community Has Rallied Around Her Family
Lauren Landavazo with her mother, Bianka. (Facebook)
Landavazo was a student at McNeil Middle School in Wichita Falls, according to the school district. Superintendent Michael Kuhrt issued a statement about the shooting:
Landavazo was remembered by the brother of the other victim, Tre’vion Elliott as being his sister’s best friend.
- Quote :
- Today after school there was a tragic off-campus situation involving two girls from McNiel Middle School. I am saddened to report that one of those girls passed away and the other is in guarded condition. Please know that the district is coordinating efforts to provide grief counselors for students. As soon as we have more information about those resources, we will pass that along to you. As a district, we are saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved.
“They were always talking, whether through text message or Snapchat,” Elliott told the Times Record News. “From what I was told, they always walk home together. They walk to school together since they live in the same neighborhood, and they walk home together also.”
Several local businesses and community members began collecting money Saturday to help the familes of Lauren and Mikayla.
Among them was the Wichita Falls Sam’s Club.
“This isn’t about Sam’s. It’s about the associates that gave their time to come out here and cook. Because there was a tragedy here in Wichita Falls, and it’s about the people that came together because of the tragedy,” assistant manager Bryan Givens told KAUZ-TV.
A vigil was being planned for Sunday to remember Lauren Landavazo and pray for Makayla Smith, KAUZ-TV reports.
It was to be held at 8 p.m. outside of McNeil Middle School.
Dozens of flowers and teddy bears were left at the scene of the shooting.
“I think it touches everybody, because it could have been anybody. To think that our kids can’t walk around in the neighborhood or in their yard from school, it’s crazy,” Emmanuel Carrillo told the Times Record News.
4. An SUV Matching Witnesses’ Descriptions Was Found by Police & Lott Has Pictures of a Similar Truck on His Facebook Page
According to Wichita Falls CrimeStoppers, police were searching for an “early 2000 model GMC or Chevrolet champagne/gold colored SUV that was seen in the area.”
The CrimeStoppers organization has offered a $9,000 reward for information. Anyone with information can call 940-322-9888 or 877-322-9888 or text 274637 (crimes).
Reporters said that SUV was located on Sunday. Lott also had photos on his Facebook page of a similar truck.
Police also served a search warrant at the Fountaingate Apartments, with several armed officers at the scene for most of the afternoon.
The apartment complex is close to the scene of the shooting, and is where Lott lives.
5. Lott’s Facebook Page Is Filled With References to the ‘Illuminati’ & Conspiracy Theories, Including a Post About Mass Shooters
Lott’s Facebook page is filled with references to the “Illuminati” and other conspiracy theories. The “Illuminati” theory is that a shadowy group of elites control every aspect of the world.
In one of the posts, Lott shared a conspiracy theory about mass shooters being controlled by prescription drugs: