Skip to comments.Frisco teen just wanted to kill someone, police say
Posted on 08/01/2006 3:47:39 PM PDT by Dysart
A 16-year-old Frisco teen in custody Tuesday told officers he simply wanted to kill someone, and the 14-year-old boy he shot Saturday night was a random target, police said.
The student from Frisco High School, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, not only confessed to shooting the boy as he opened his front door, but also said that on Thursday, he shot at a man as he walked his dog, police said.
He is not the same teen who was originally questioned in the shooting Saturday. That boy, 15, has been released and won't be charged, said Sgt. Gina McFarlin, a Frisco police spokeswoman.
The new suspect candidly told officers Tuesday that he wanted to kill someone, McFarlin said.
"The officers who broke this case really saved some lives, because the suspect told us he knew we had the wrong guy in custody,'' McFarlin said. "We believe he was probably going to prove that to us by shooting someone else.''
The suspect is charged with two counts of attempted capital murder. He was being held Tuesday at the Collin County Juvenile Detention Center in McKinney, McFarlin said.
The 14-year-old victim, who was not identified, was in critical condition Tuesday, but he was expected to recover, McFarlin said.
He told police he was alone about 9:15 a.m. Saturday at his home in the 6500 block of Scottsdale Way when he answered a knock at the front door. He was then shot twice, point-blank in the chest.
He dialed 911 to get help, and mistakenly identified a 15-year-old acquaintance as the shooter, McFarlin said. He was then flown by helicopter to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, where he has been listed in critical condition.
Meanwhile, police took the 15-year-old boy into custody and struggled through Monday, trying to establish a motive for the shooting.
But also on Monday, McFarlin said, patrol officers responding to an unrelated report of a runaway teen found the missing boy and subsequently asked if he knew anything about some recent car burglaries in Frisco.
The teen responded that he knew another kid who recently bought a 9 mm pistol with a laser sight that was stolen from a car, McFarlin said. The officers went to the home of the gun buyer and found the weapon in his bedroom. He turned out to be the 16-year-old suspect, McFarlin said.
Investigators don't believe the 15-year-old boy and the 16-year-old suspect know each other, McFarlin said.
Officers were surprised when the suspect started confessing to the shootings.
"I'm not so sure he wanted to be caught,'' she said, "but he seemed excited by the potential notoriety. He wanted to get his story out.
"He said he didn't know who would answer the door at the residence on Scottsdale Way, but he knew he'd open fire when it opened. He said it was completely random.''
The suspect also described how two days earlier he fired at a man who was strolling with his wife and dog on Sweeney Lane. No one was hurt in that shooting, she said.
The suspect apparently lived with his family in the same upper middle-class neighborhood where the two shootings occurred.
"The suspect provided us with information we didn't know before,'' McFarlin said. "We knew that we had a bullet go into a house Thursday evening; what we did not know was that there was an intended victim.
"The man walking his dog said he heard a gunshot whiz by his head. But now we know there was a laser sight put on him. The guy didn't know he was an intended victim until we told him this morning.''
Detectives on Tuesday were trying to figure out why the suspect was bent on murder, McFarlin said. She did not have information about his home life or mental history.
"When you have a 16-year-old telling police he wanted to kill somebody,'' she said, "we have to stop and think what's going on in this kid's mind? What's going on in this kid's life?''
Here is young gangsta wannabe who just wanted to kill someone because he fantasized that it would make him famous.
I'm not the biggest Bill O'Reilly fan but I'd like to see him resume his rant about the evils of the rap "culture". I'd bet a nice sum that this little punk is a devotee of the music.
There you go. With the right jury he could get off on an insanity plea.
I lived in Frisco for a few months back in the early 80s. Nuthin but a quiet little town back then.
What! I was born in the 40s and San Francisco has always been a major city.
I'm sure you know that now it's a very fast growing little city that's quite ritzy. Ironically, so many teens like to pretend their ghetto kids. Ridiculous.
I think they're talking about Frisco, Texas - on the northern edges of the Dallas exurbs.
And he figures he is young enough that he will be tried as a juvenile and spend maybe 3 years in juvenile hall.
This is the southern fried Frisco. Tastes like chicken too.
What ? No one asked what religion he and the victim are ?
Best to have him executed before he harms someone else, or worse, kills someone.
When I was there the building boom had stalled and the place was surrounded with subdivisions without houses. There were miles of streets and houses but only a few scattered houses.
I was washing dishes in a diner/truckstop called The Royal when we watched the space shuttle explode during launch.
A jury can do anything, sure. But stating that you wanted to kill somebody is about the worst thing you can do if you plan on pleading insanity.
I'm pleased the victim has a chance, but when is the press going to learn what "point blank" means?
This is the same thing IMO that is going on here in Phoenix with our "serial shooter" There have been 40+ shootings linked to the same shooter including I think about 10 resulting in murder. They started out with animals, shooting horses and dogs, then progressed to a few homeless people, now just random people as targets.. with most recent ones being people walking or riding a bike along major roads alone. I think All have been after dark and most between 10pm & 2am. I told my wife the other night, my gut feeling is it's gang bangers doing it for fun or possibly some sort of initiation... They have absolutely no description of the shooter his vehicle or anything else... Unreal this can go on for a year now without any leads.
Remeber, psychology is a science and you can't question this! /sarc
Upper middle class...sheesh!
This boy needs to be let out on the streets as soon as possible because it is obvious that he is a victim.
You know, you're right. How could I have been so blind as to assail him. He probably came from a broken home where he wasn't held enough or taught proper diversity principles. I say let him go as well.
This world has gone mad.
I thought this was San Francisco at first but then I remembered they have strict gun control laws /sarcasm
Not if Collin County asks me to do my civic duty and sit on that jury...
News from the weekend.
Oh boy, an anti-social who probably started out torturing animals. Luckily, if you can call it that, he's been apprehended early in his life.
His defence lawyer will take one look at you, read your juror profile and you'll be out the door so fast your chair won't have time to get warm!!
...as for "punk boy", I think I might have more pity for a rabid dog.
i live across the street from this shooting, was home at the time, and actually heard the gunshots.
not sure what kind of music the kid likes, but he's a scrawny little asian kid.
apparently his classmates said he didn't have many friends and wasn't fond of showering. even his parents said he was unstable.
frisco now has about 80K people and is growing.
Sounds like he's seriously ill, given your description. Thanks for the info.
We have friends who live in this neighborhood as well as some residing on the street where the Jis live. No one that I have spoken to has even seen this teenager, and the family apparently moved in in 2005!
Personally, I'm thanking the Lord that this teen didn't snap three weeks later than he did, as school would have been in session. Praise the Lord that no one was killed, and that the injured teenager is expected to fully recover.
Have you heard and seen the latest?
I posted an update for the locals...this teen is being charged with two counts of attempted murder as an adult. He was *****released****** on 100k dollars bond yesterday.
The teen has said he wants to be a serial killer.
“He don’t listen to me,” said Ji. “He and I don’t always eat together. We’re not together very often.” Frisco police found several books about serial killers in the teen’s room, and his father is convinced that the books are what influenced his son.
On Tuesday, the parents visited their son at the Juvenile Detention Facility.
“I say to him, ‘Edward, you want to go home?’ He say ‘No,’ “ said Ji. The father asked his son about Chevalier and last Thursday’s attempted shooting in his own neighborhood, saying, “Edward, you know these people before?”
The son responded, “No,” to which Ji continued, “Then why you shoot them?” The son responded, “I’m crazy.”
Ji allegedly told police he wants to be a serial killer....I like that in a young man. High aspirations.
How can citizens learn about the provisions of his bond release? He has to wear an ankle bracelet but I don’t know the size of the area in which he is allowed to roam.
I’d THINK the police would give details of the release.
The policeman I spoke with this morning didn’t know how the monitor was set. 50 ft.? 100 ft.?
I haven’t a clue. It seems the monitoring station would be like a GPS site that would set the parameters of one block, one mile or whatever. I know Martha Stewart was allowed her to he office, to awards presentations, etc. and I ‘d guess a readout showed her route, where she was, how long she was at any given point and if she deviated from anything agreed on too much she would have been in contempt. I don’t think these bracelets are for setting off alarms, just tracking. Unless someone is specifically watching that ankle monitor 24/7/365, he could do anything until they looked at the readout (the next day). Pure speculation on my part.