Two men were killed after a gunman or gunmen sprayed bullets inside the sport-utility vehicle they were sitting in on Minneapolis’ North Side on Wednesday morning, police said.
Officers later arrested one of the suspects in the shooting, while the other man remained at large Wednesday night, police said.
Relatives and friends of one of the victims, whom they identified as Odell Meanweather Frazier, gathered outside the crime-scene tape that stretched around the 4500 block of Penn Avenue N. Frazier’s body was found on the passenger side of a tan Chevrolet SUV sitting outside a house he shared with his wife and several of his children.
The body of another man, whom witnesses at the scene knew only by his first name, Owen, was found slumped behind the steering wheel.
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is planned later this week.
The killings were the city’s fifth and sixth homicides of the year.
Frazier’s daughter Arienna said that she learned on Facebook that “my dad was shot and murdered” and rushed to the scene. She said that her father had moved his family to the Twin Cities from Chicago’s South Side five or six years ago.
Neighbors remembered him as a quiet man who spent hours playing with his nine children in between construction jobs.
Family members said that Frazier, who was in his mid-40s, had been getting his 6-year-old daughter ready for school. He then went outside to talk to Owen, a friend since the two started working on cars together several years back, family and friends said. Sometime after Frazier got into the SUV, two men approached the vehicle and at least one of them fired several times inside, striking both victims, police said.
Authorities said both suspects fled the scene on foot.
An off-duty officer, responding to a shots-fired call in the area, caught up with one of the men in the back yard of a house on the 4300 block of Oliver Avenue N., less than a half-mile from the crime scene.
The suspect’s identity has not been released.
Fighting back tears as she glanced for what seemed like the hundredth time at her father’s house, Arienna Frazier recalled one of their last conversations.
“He told me that he was always gonna love me,” she said, “that I was always gonna be his baby girl.”