Suspect reveals possible motive in shooting of children walking home from school

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The arrest affidavit for the man who police said admitted to shooting two 13-year-old girls on Friday explains a possible motive behind the deadly events, and that he fired 14 rounds into her body to “finish her off.”
 
20-year-old Kody Lott is charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of prohibited weapons. 
 
According to authorities, Lott admitted to shooting Lauren Landavazo and Makayla Smith as they were walking home from school. Lauren died from her injuries. Makayla suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and is still being treated at United Regional.
 
Lott’s arrest affidavit states that Makayla told officers in the emergency room that when she and Lauren were walking home from school through an alley,  a vehicle stopped ahead of them on Trinidad Drive and she made eye contact with the young while male. 
 
Makayla said that she did not know the man. 
 
When the vehicle stopped, she said the man reached into the passenger area and got out a rifle-type firearm. Makayla said she was shot and she began running. Her mother later told KFDX that Makayla did not realize at first she had been shot.
 
As she ran, Makayla said she looked back and saw Lauren on the ground.  Makayla said that she kept running away and saw the vehicle  leave headed north on Trinidad.
 
The affidavit states that police found 15 spent shell casings at the scene from a .22 caliber. Preliminary autopsy results show that Lauren was shot 14 times.
 
On Sunday, a resident at Fountaingate Apartments called police and reported seeing a person matching the suspect’s description get out of a gold SUV and enter an apartment. The caller said that the man was carrying a large item, wrapped in a cloth. The caller also said that the man looked nervous.
 
The caller was also able to get the license plate number from the vehicle that man was driving. Once authorities had that information, they were able to stop that vehicle in the 4700 block of Southwest Parkway on Sunday. The driver identified himself as Kody Lott.
 
Inside the SUV, police reported finding brass knuckles and a spent .22 caliber shell casing, according to the affidavit.
 
When brought to the police station for questioning, the affidavit states that Lott said he understood his rights, and admitted to shooting Lauren and Makayla. Lott told police he had seen Lauren walking home from school and was attracted to her, but Lott said that he had seen her walking with “a boyfriend” and that made him angry because he did not have a girlfriend.
 
Lott said on Friday, he went to this parent’s apartment at Fountaingate and got his step-father’s rifle. Lott told investigators that he watched out a window until he saw Lauren walk by then drove to the alley. He said that he shot Lauren first and then shot Makayla “a couple times” before turning the rifle back on Lauren to “finish her off.”
 
Lott told police that after the shooting, he threw the rifle into a field off a rural road. Then he said that he went back to that location on Saturday to retrieve the gun and put it back so his parents would not suspect him.
 
Lott said that he planned everything and was upset by the local media calling what he did “senseless.” He said that wasn’t the case because he planned and thought it all out after talking to the devil about it.
 
Lott’s rights were read to him in jail Monday and his bond set at $4 million.
 

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