Man charged with murder in fatal north Minneapolis shooting

A St. Francis man has been charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting in north Minneapolis last week.

It happened at around 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 in the area of North 30th and Morgan avenues. There, police found 34-year-old Heywood Jones suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his back. He died a short time later at a hospital.

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According to a criminal complaint, witnesses said Jones had exchanged words and punches with the driver of a gold Chevrolet Equinox who’d pulled up to the area. The driver of the Equinox then shot Jones from inside the vehicle before getting out and firing another round into the victim’s back. The driver then ran back to the Equinox and sped away, witnesses told police.

Officers were able to get surveillance video that showed the Equinox and the driver, who had a large “sleeve like” tattoo on his right forearm, the complaint states. The video also showed a female passenger in the Equinox.

Police tracked down the passenger, who told officers she and the driver, 20-year-old Jacob Jon Lewis, were in the area trying to buy drugs when he and Jones got into a fight.

Offices found Lewis, who has a tattoo on his right forearm like the surveillance video showed, on Saturday and arrested him. At that time, he admitted to driving the Equinox and being at the scene when the shooting happened, the complaint states.

Lewis is charged with second-degree intentional murder in Jones’ death. He made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon and had his bail set at $1 million without conditions or $700,000 with conditions.

His next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9.