Shooting suspect arrested

by Anna Weggel

Police arrested a 24-year-old Minneapolis man Wednesday in connection with the shooting near campus Saturday.

He has not yet been charged but is being held in Hennepin County Jail on probable cause of murder, Minneapolis police spokesman Ron Reier said Thursday.

Edward Rajual Howard Reynolds, 25, of Minneapolis, was shot at approximately 9:25 p.m. Saturday outside the Leaning Tower of Pizza, at 2501 University Ave. S.E.

Reynolds was pronounced dead from multiple gun shot wounds at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday.

Reier said the suspect is the first person arrested in the case, and the investigation is ongoing.

Police have issued a charging complaint to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, which will file any necessary charges in the case.

Second-year University Village resident Rajiv Shah said the arrest makes him feel much safer.

“Hopefully, it’ll make it a lot safer here and give the police a heads-up that Minneapolis is not that safe,” he said.

Second-year University Village resident Jason Mintz said he’s glad the arrest was made.

“It doesn’t make me feel any less safe that the shootings occurred out here,” he said.

“It doesn’t really make me feel any more safe that the suspect was apprehended.”

Mechanical engineering senior and University Village resident Ryan Buesseler said, “It’s just some local restaurant that happened to have a problem that night with a couple customers.”

Fellow University Village resident Mike McKeen, a mechanical engineering senior, said that for the moment, people should still assume the suspect is innocent until proven guilty.

Police said Reynolds and the suspects argued inside the restaurant before moving outside to where the incident occured.

Suspects fled the scene after the incident, the report said.

Reier said police will release more information about the case, if the man is charged.

“An arrest is not a conviction,” he said.

He said there is a possibility the office could deny the charging complaint, but that it would be rare.

Reier said that normally with arrests, mug shots are releasable, but in this situation, it could jeopardize the case, as police officers are still interviewing several witnesses.