A 21-year-old Minneapolis man has been charged with shooting and killing a man in a midday drive-by in north Minneapolis.
Police responded May 11 to a report of shots fired around 12:45 p.m. and found Roderick Evans, 40, bleeding heavily but still breathing, near the corner of 6th Street and 36th Avenue N. He died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the chest.
According to second-degree murder charges filed by Hennepin County prosecutors, Stevevontate Dellshaw Champion, wearing a ski mask, shot Evans from the open door of a blue minivan while driving slowly through the intersection.
The bullet activated the city’s ShotSpotter microphone, which recognizes gunfire and sends a call to police.
Isaiah Rakeem Wallace, 20, was charged in May with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Wallace was the driver of the minivan used in the shooting. He was with another person, a juvenile, when the killing occurred. Both Wallace and the teenager said that the man in the back seat was the friend of the other person and that they didn’t know his name, according to the complaint.
However, DNA helped identify Champion as the masked man. DNA swabs from the mask matched Champion, who lived in the neighborhood, and a mix of DNA on the gun ruled out the other two in the car, but not Champion. Cellphone records also put Champion at the scene, though he denied being there. Champion also denied being in the van or wearing a ski mask, and couldn’t explain how his DNA got there, according to the complaint.
A witness who knew Champion as “Tay Tay” also identified him from a photo as the shooter.
Champion is in the Hennepin County jail on $1 million bail.