UPDATE: Man fatally shot while attempting to rob Mercedes in north Minneapolis identified
UPDATE: The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man shot and killed during an attempted robbery in north Minneapolis Friday afternoon.
Marlo Randy Phillips, 27, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to a news release from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Minneapolis police say Phillips was attempting to rob a man inside of a Mercedes when shots were fired.
A two-year-old inside the Mercedes at the time of the shooting was not injured.
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Police say a man was shot and killed while attempting to rob a vehicle Friday afternoon in the Willard-Hay neighborhood of north Minneapolis.
The shooting happened around 3:37 p.m. in an alley near the intersection of Golden Valley Road and Russell Avenue North.
Police Chief Brian O’Hara said two armed suspects flanked a Mercedes SUV stopped in the alley and that both men fired their guns. One of the gunmen was found shot on the ground and was pronounced dead. Police found the second gunman nearby, determined he was a suspect and placed him under arrest.
21-year-old Darnell Cornelius Lewis was booked into Hennepin County Jail.
The man behind the wheel of the Mercedes was also shot and drove himself to North Memorial Health Hospital, but there was no word on his status. A 2-year-old child in the vehicle was unharmed and is safe with a family member, O’Hara said.
As of Friday evening, investigators were still trying to figure out who fired the bullet that struck the deceased.
O’Hara said it’s possible the man driving the Mercedes had a gun, too, and fired back in self-defense. So far police have recovered two guns, believed to belong to the robbers.
“With three individuals involved in shooting handguns so closely by this vehicle, it is absolutely a blessing that a 2-year-old child in this vehicle was not struck and was not injured at all,” O’Hara said.