Man charged in drive-by murder


A Brooklyn Park man was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the drive-by shooting of a man in North Minneapolis last week, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

Isaiah Wallace, 20, was charged with the single count in the May 11th death of 40-year-old Roderick Evans who died from a gunshot wound to his chest. Wallace is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon and prosecutors are seeking bail of $1 million. The investigation continues.

At about 12:45 p.m. that day, police were called to a shooting near Sixth Street and 36th Avenue North and they found Evans lying in the street and bleeding badly. Police provided first aid, but paramedics pronounced him dead.

Witnesses told police that a minivan slowed down as it came upon Evans and the rear sliding door was open. One of the three men inside the van began shooting at Evans, the complaint states. The witnesses told police the light blue minivan had a license number that included 741.

Other squads saw a minivan speeding north on 37th Avenue with the sliding rear door open and the rear passenger hanging on to it. When the van driver saw the squad, he slammed on the brakes and made a quick left turn onto Colfax Avenue and then stopped, according to the complaint. The passenger in the back ran and successfully eluded police.

Wallace was the driver of the light blue minivan with license number 741RXC and a teenager was in the front passenger seat. Police recovered a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun on the floor behind the driver’s seat. Investigators recovered nine .40-caliber discharged shell casings in the street where Evans was killed, the complaint states. Two other semi-automatic 9 millimeter handguns were found in the minivan.

Both Wallace and the teenager said the man in the backseat was the friend of the other person and they didn’t know his name, according to the complaint.

Criminal complaint (PDF)