Independence police investigating homicide near gas station

The Independence Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened near a gas station on Saturday afternoon...

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 2:01 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2018 2:01 PM

The Independence Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened near a gas station on Saturday afternoon.

The fatal shooting happened near the FavTrip at 10507 E. 23rd St. just before 2 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found a man who had died in the parking lot of a business. On Sunday, that man was identified as 24-year-old Cahoone N. Littlejohn from Independence.

A suspect was taken into custody at the scene. Officers found a weapon nearby.

The police said both the suspect and victim were involved in a disturbance with each other.

There were several people near the parking lot who saw that disturbance. There are also two busy parks on either side of the intersection.

Witnesses said the two men were in some kind of fight that then escalated into gunfire.

"We're very fortunate that no other people were involved in the disturbance," said John Syme with the Independence Police Department. "There's a park right behind us here and another park just north of the roadway. So, absolutely."

"We do have a lot of witnesses to this," he said. "That's going to help detectives piece this together because we had a lot of people who saw what went down."

The police had to have the two vehicles the man were driving towed away.

Police said that they are reviewing surveillance video from the gas station and that the investigation is ongoing.

On Sunday, the investigation was still ongoing.

Babir Sultan, one of the gas station's co-owners, said his biggest concern is the customers. He said a lot of the customers were confused and worried the morning after the shooting.

"We care for them, obviously, as well," he said. "It is sad to see them with the confusion, as well. Nobody in the store got shot, luckily, and I wish that person that unfortunately died was here with us today."

"We are getting flooded with emails, Facebook messages," he said. "We are getting different points of views on the story."

He said he has had to clarify the situation.

According to him, the argument started in the gas station's parking lot and escalated over to the laundromat next door, where the shooting happened.

He said this is the first time in 14 years that something like this has happened at his location, but said he has seen it in the area before.

His message was to make sure everyone understands his business was not involved.

He hopes crime in the area stops soon.

"I am curious about what is causing the issue, and how as a business owner we can help or do something about it," he said. "Because, besides being a business owner, I also bring my family to these parks as well."

"We do shoplifting narration videos," he said. "We don't want to have to do videos on people getting shot up over here. That is the last thing we want."

Parents told KCTV5 News that their children shouldn't have to witness violent crimes like this.

For Ronnie Joy, it was meant to be a day of celebration for his family. He said it was his son's fifth birthday.

However, the celebration was nearly interrupted that afternoon.

"As I pulled up, I thought I heard backfiring, but obviously it was something else," he said. "Gunshots."

He said he realized there had been a shooting once he heard police sirens and saw a man's body lying near the gas station.

Several families said that they heard the shots when they were with their children. Many were less than 50 yards away from where the shooting happened.

As for Joy, he had considered having the party at a different park, but it was too crowded. "This was the only one we knew about that still had the water fountain," he said.

He said families deserve to feel safe playing in the park on a sunny day.

"It's not good for anybody," he said. "It's not a good idea for stuff like that to be happening around here."

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 42772

Reported Deaths: 1542
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin13697791
Ramsey5313234
Dakota275396
Stearns253619
Anoka2458111
Nobles16946
Washington130641
Olmsted130220
Mower9872
Scott8994
Rice8928
Clay62038
Kandiyohi5951
Blue Earth5862
Wright5475
Carver5002
Todd4042
Sherburne3725
Lyon3512
Freeborn3140
Watonwan2720
Steele2501
Benton2423
St. Louis23816
Nicollet20712
Martin1755
Winona15015
Cottonwood1420
Goodhue1428
Le Sueur1361
Crow Wing11512
Otter Tail1151
Pine1150
Chisago1111
McLeod1030
Dodge990
Carlton940
Polk903
Unassigned8838
Pipestone864
Isanti830
Murray830
Chippewa811
Waseca800
Itasca7612
Douglas740
Morrison691
Becker680
Meeker661
Faribault610
Jackson580
Sibley572
Beltrami550
Pennington540
Brown492
Wabasha430
Mille Lacs412
Renville373
Fillmore360
Rock350
Swift351
Grant320
Houston320
Yellow Medicine310
Roseau280
Lincoln250
Redwood250
Koochiching221
Wilkin223
Norman210
Cass202
Big Stone180
Kanabec181
Wadena180
Aitkin160
Marshall160
Clearwater150
Mahnomen131
Pope130
Stevens110
Hubbard100
Lake90
Traverse70
Lac qui Parle50
Red Lake50
Kittson20
Cook10
Lake of the Woods00

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 35534

Reported Deaths: 754
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk7611185
Woodbury334944
Black Hawk253459
Buena Vista173811
Johnson14878
Dallas141531
Linn141083
Marshall110019
Scott109810
Dubuque100023
Story8778
Pottawattamie84113
Wapello71631
Muscatine69545
Crawford6813
Sioux5050
Tama48829
Webster4295
Wright3991
Louisa36713
Jasper35717
Plymouth3535
Warren3371
Cerro Gordo3291
Dickinson3073
Washington2559
Hamilton2041
Boone1751
Clay1511
Clarke1453
Clinton1391
Allamakee1384
Mahaska11917
Shelby1190
Carroll1171
Bremer1167
Franklin1130
Poweshiek1128
Pocahontas1091
Des Moines1022
Emmet970
Cedar961
Henry933
Hardin920
Cherokee851
Marion840
Floyd822
Guthrie814
Taylor810
Benton781
Monona780
Jones741
Butler702
Osceola690
Sac680
Jackson670
Buchanan651
Calhoun652
Iowa631
Jefferson630
Hancock621
Harrison620
Lyon610
Humboldt601
Fayette590
Delaware581
Madison562
Lee542
Mills530
Palo Alto530
Monroe527
Clayton503
Winneshiek500
Grundy470
Mitchell470
Winnebago440
Davis431
Kossuth430
Union430
Howard370
Lucas354
Unassigned350
Chickasaw310
Greene310
Cass300
Worth270
Appanoose243
Keokuk241
Ida230
Page220
Van Buren211
Audubon181
Adair170
Ringgold161
Montgomery152
Decatur130
Fremont110
Wayne110
Adams80
Rochester
Overcast
75° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 75°
Mason City
Broken Clouds
85° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 91°
Albert Lea
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 70°
Austin
Broken Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 82°
Charles City
Few Clouds
84° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 91°
Slight Risk of Severe Storms Tuesday as a Cold Front approaches
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Dave Noon Weather 7/14

Image

Getting Back to School physicals during the Pandemic

Image

'Cradle 2 Career' hosting discussion about race

Image

Dave's Main 6:30 Weather 7-14

Image

Sean's 10pm Weather 7/13

Image

Albert Lea council considers Covid response

Image

Rochester Police Policy Conversation

Image

Training the area's best basketball stars

Image

Pandemic Positive: A decline in air pollution

Image

Sen. Smith Highlights Health Inequalities

Community Events