MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The wife of a Twin Cities man says he died in a drive-by shooting while gardening with his aunt.
Somebody shot and killed 40-year-old Roderick Evans in broad daylight in north Minneapolis this afternoon.
Evans’ wife says he was helping his aunt garden on North 6th Street when someone drove up and shot him. She did not know if he’d been targeted.
Police say Hennepin County deputies saw a vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed with three people inside. They stopped the car, but the person in the front passenger seat fled on foot.
After setting up a perimeter, police found and arrested the suspect with the help of a K-9 unit. The two others in the car were taken into custody when the car stopped. Investigators also found several handguns in their vehicle.
Evans’ cousin Lonnie Evans thinks the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.
“My cousin never did nothing to nobody,” he said. “Not him. He wasn’t that guy. He was not that guy.”
Anyone with information should contact the Minneapolis Police Department, or anonymously report their tip by texting 847411, enter MPD, followed by a space and the information.
At least eight people have been killed in Minneapolis this year. However, the number of gunshot victims has fallen by about 30-percent compared to last spring. Overall, violent crime is down slightly.