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Rift over SUV boxed in at Minneapolis gas pump ends with man fatally shot in head

November 8, 2018

A gunman answered a rock-thrower with bullets at a south Minneapolis gas station and shot a man to death, according to charges filed Thursday.

Rodney D. Jackson, 27, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting late Tuesday morning at the Speedway at the corner of E. 25th Street and Bloomington Avenue S.

He was arrested hours later at a suburban movie theater and remains jailed ahead of a court appearance Friday.

Authorities have yet to disclose whether Jackson had a state-issued permit allowing him to carry a firearm in public.

According to the criminal complaint:

Jackson and his girlfriend pulled up to a pump at the former SuperAmerica and went into the store.

When they came out, Jackson saw that his SUV was blocked by two other vehicles.

Jackson and his girlfriend began yelling at the man with the vehicle in front, and she amped up the conflict by throwing a jar of Vaseline at the man.

Once the vehicle behind left, Jackson was able to move, and he parked across the street.

A witness, backed by surveillance video, told authorities that the man blocking Jackson in front started throwing rocks at Jacksons SUV.

Jackson held a gun out of the window and shot the man once in the head.

Police said the shooter and the victim were not previously acquainted. The mans identity has yet to be released.

Law enforcement caught up with Jackson that day at a Roseville movie theater. Officers seized a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun from him.

Jackson said he didnt call police right away because he suspected he was being followed. He said he went to north Minneapolis for food before going to the theater.

Court records in Minnesota show no convictions for serious crimes. Hes been convicted once of misdemeanor disorderly conduct along with many convictions for various traffic and parking offenses.

Paul Walsh 612-673-4482

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