Zona Rosa business owner found dead with gunshot wound

A Zona Rosa businessman was killed on Friday, May 11, in southern Platte County.

The Kansas City Police Department responded to an injury accident at NW Barry Road and N Marston Ave. Located at the scene was a vehicle that took down a light pole on the south side of the road near Savers. The sports car, a BMW i8, in the accident was driven by Russell J. Fisk, who turned 30 on May 2.

Kansas City Fire Department personnel declared Fisk dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

 CODY THORN/Citizen photo A car drives east on NW Barry Road on Sunday, May 13 and passes a downed light pole. The location near Savers was the site of an accident that turned into a homicide investigation by the Kansas City Police Department.

CODY THORN/Citizen photo
A car drives east on NW Barry Road on Sunday, May 13 and passes a downed light pole. The location near Savers was the site of an accident that turned into a homicide investigation by the Kansas City Police Department.

Fisk was the owner of Black Card Tattoo Collective, located at 8677 N. Winter Avenue inside the Zona Rosa Shopping Center.

The death of Fisk, who went by Russell James, spread quickly on social media.

On Saturday, rapper Tech N9ne made a post about the man who tattooed him.

“Damn Kc why bright spirited Russell have to get KILLED last night? Such a great soul man! The most talented tattoo artist I’ve met in Kc! You will be missed Russell J. Fisk! I’m sorry you lost your wonderful tattoo artist and good friend @krizieluv try to be strong on your travels today baby I’ll see you soon! Rip Russ!”

Fisk’s death was one of four shootings in Kansas City on Friday night, which resulted in two deaths. Three of the four shootings were in the Northland, the other two were in Clay County.

His business will continue on, according to a post made Monday on Facebook.

“The Black Card family wants to thank everyone for the amazing support we have received the last few days. This has been a devastating time for all of us. We want to let everyone know that we reopen to the public on May 22nd. We are taking this week to mourn and to get preparations started for the new chapter ahead. Russell was the soul of BCTC and we will honor his legacy to the best of our abilities. We do ask that everyone respects the family’s privacy during this time.

“Thank you all again for the love you have shown us. Russ touched many peoples lives and we were all incredibly lucky to call him family.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact the TIPS hotline at 474-8477