Shot in Minneapolis alley, he cried for help

Edward Baker, 24, died after the shooting within sight of sister's apartment near Crosstown in south Minneapolis.

The south Minneapolis alley where Edward Trondell Baker, 24, was fatally shot early Tuesday can be seen from outside the apartment building where his sister lives.

Hours after the shooting, friends and family came to pay respects to his sister and mother. Then, they walked across the street and in between buildings to visit the spot in the alley where at just after 2 a.m. Baker had called out for help.

He died later at Hennepin County Medical Center. Police have made no arrests.

As she sat on the front steps of her daughter's building, watching the visitors leave and then quietly return, Joyce Miller, the victim's mother, said of her son: "He liked to watch movies," and to play basketball, too.

Baker, who had a criminal record that included convictions for drug possession and domestic assault, also had been studying to earn a GED, said Chemica McKinnis, 24, with whom Baker had a son, Jewell Baker, 1.

"He talked about carpentry work," she said.

The couple also recently talked "about getting married -- and about getting a ring," she said.

Before the shooting, McKinnis had been at the sister's apartment in the 5700 block of Sander Drive. The street, shaped like a horseshoe with about 20 apartment buildings along the inner and outer edges, is just north of Crosstown Hwy. 62 near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

About 11 a.m., the only activity on the street was outside the building where Baker's sister lived. Visitors who walked from there to the alley could see the spot where he apparently fell and where someone later tried to wash away the blood.

Officers found Baker after responding to a report about shots being fired. Baker also had been heard calling for help, police said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 612-692-8477.

Staff writer Paul Walsh contributed to this report. Anthony Lonetree • 612-673-4109

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