Tom Pickert, a 39-year-old Kansas City attorney, was shot and killed while sitting on his front porch after he returned from walking his children to school. Pickert was found shot to death outside of his Brookside, Missouri home around 8AM on Wednesday, October 25.
According to authorities, the shooting was not random. Witnesses say they saw the killer flee the scene in a white 1997 Chevrolet van. The gunman’s vehicle was found abandoned later that afternoon. Police are still looking for the shooter.
The white 1997 Chevy van seen fleeing the scene is registered to a man named David Jungerman.
Pickert was shot outside of his Brookside, Missouri home in the 200 block of West 66th Terrace. His wife was home at the time the shooting occurred.
via Fox 4 KC:
In 2012, Jungerman shot two homeless men who he said broke into his business on Belmont near St. John. No criminal charges were filed, but one of those men lost his leg, sued Jungerman in civil court, and won about $6 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
Tom Pickert was one of the attorneys representing the homeless man in that civil case. Police have not said if they believe Jungerman was driving the van or if it was someone else who was driving Jungerman’s van.
Jungerman was a defendant in a case that Pickert recently tried. Pickert, who was a personal injury attorney at Fowler Pickert, LLC had represented a homeless man who was suing Jungerman for shooting him and causing him to have part of his leg amputated.
In the case, attorneys said Jungerman grabbed an AK-47 and handgun and headed to his property without calling the police. Jungerman then shot Jeffery Harris in the back of the leg without warning.
Pickert helped Harris win the case, with Jungerman being ordered to pay $5,750,000.