Two shot in Minneapolis drive-by

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 30, 2008 - 7:19 AM

One man was killed in the North Side shooting. Police said it wasn't related to a nearby homicide days earlier.

Two men in a car were shot -- one of them fatally -- in a drive-by attack in north Minneapolis early Saturday morning, the second shooting death on the 1400 block of Dowling Avenue within three days.

Despite their proximity, police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Garcia said the two homicides are "just a weird coincidence" and not related.

Broken glass, a nearby homeowner's crushed vehicle and a trail of blood left by the surviving victim who tried frantically to escape were all that remained of Saturday's shooting by mid-morning.

Police had cordoned off several blocks around the crime scene early Saturday while investigators combed the neighborhood for clues.

An SUV carrying two men was stopped at the intersection of Fremont and Dowling Avenues about 3 a.m. when another car pulled up and someone in the second car fired several shots.

Garcia said the car with the wounded men continued west for about two blocks before it crashed into a parked car and a house on Dowling Avenue.

One of the people in the car died at the scene; the other was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale and is expected to survive. Neither victim's name has been released.

Michael Allen, 30, of Minneapolis said Saturday he had come by the house where his father lives on the way home from a night out with friends and discovered the home surrounded by police tape and his father's prized Cadillac destroyed by the white Ford Bronco that had slammed into it.

Allen said he frantically tried to call his father but got no answer. He returned in the morning with a water bill to prove he owned the house and frantically rang the doorbell.

His father answered the door: The crash and ensuing chaos overnight had failed to wake him.

"I can't believe he slept through all that," Allen said.

A trail of blood led from the wrecked cars to the house next door, where Jason Gaulke has lived for 30 years.

On the other side of Allen's house are the Folwell Park apartments, where Jermaine Alvert Hudson was found shot to death about midnight Wednesday. Witnesses told police they heard men arguing before the shooting. No arrests have been made in either Hudson's death or Saturday's shooting.

Gaulke, who was sleeping on the couch Friday night, also said that he didn't hear the crash and that the recent shootings haven't frightened him.

"They're after each other," he said of the suspects and victims. "I stay out of the way and let them take care of business."

Abby Simons • 612-673-4921

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