MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis police say officers are trying to track down a suspect following a shooting that left two men dead Wednesday morning on the city’s north side.
Inspector Mike Friestleben with the Minneapolis Police Department said the crime happened around 10 a.m. near the intersection of 45th and Penn avenues. When officers got to the scene, they found two men dead inside of an SUV.
Friestleben said that one officer, who just happened to be in the area at the time of the crime, saw two men running from where the shooting took place.
The officer reportedly tried to engage the men before getting out of his squad car and chasing them on foot.
He caught one of them, while the other slipped away.
“He did a great job,” Friestleben said. “He had to chase two guys by himself, he was able to get the scene under control fast.”
Police say they believe the two men were involved in the shooting, adding that they’ve canvased the area and are following leads on the suspect who got away.
Delray Meanweather, who said he was a brother to one of the victims, called the killings shocking.
He said his brother, whom he identified as Odell Frazier, had nine children and took care of them all at his nearby home.
Kathy Steward, Frazier’s sister-in law, said she thought it was a drive-by shooting.
“They shot him down like a dog in his car,” she said. “He didn’t deserve that.”
Frazier’s family says eight of his kids were at home when the shooting happened.
Police say they don’t believe the shooting was random, but gave no word on what might have prompted it.
Duane Adder, a local business owner, says the shooting is the last thing the neighborhood needs.
“We always get rumors that people don’t want to come up here as it is, because the neighborhoods are not safe,” he said. “So, it does affect our business and other businesses.”
Officials have yet to release any names.