Couple indicted in 2018 gas station murder

Rodney Jackson Photo: Hennepin County
Rodney Jackson

Updated: July 16, 2019 08:34 PM

Two people were indicted in the shooting death of a man at a Minneapolis gas station in 2018.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said a grand jury indicted Rodney Jackson, 27, and Derionna Leake, 21, in connection to the death of 18-year-old Mohamed Abdi, of Bloomington. Jackson was indicted on first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree intentional murder while Leake was indicted on charges of aiding and abetting first-degree murder, aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree riot.


Criminal complaints state Jackson was driving a Chevrolet SUV with his girlfriend, Leake, in the passenger seat when they pulled into a gas station on the 2400 block of Bloomington Avenue S. on Nov. 6, 2018.

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The attorney's office said Jackson pulled up to a gas pump and the couple went into the store. When they came back, his SUV was boxed in, with the car in front of them being Abdi's.

The attorney's office said Jackson, Leake and Abdi quickly got into an argument and Leake threw a Vaseline jar at Abdi.

According to the complaint and the attorney's office, the dispute ended when the SUV behind them moved and Jackson and Leake left. However, Jackson parked across the street, and Leake got out of the SUV and started throwing more objects at Abdi's vehicle.

Authorities said when Abdi threw rocks in Leake's direction in response to her throwing objects at his vehicle, Jackson pulled out a gun, pointed it out the driver's window at Abdi and fired a shot, striking Abdi in the head, killing him.

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