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Police interview 'person of interest' following deadly gas station shooting


Investigators have found a "person of interest" following a fatal shooting at an Arden Hills gas station Monday morning.

Officials questioned a person of interest Monday and also executed a search warrant at the home of the victim, the Star Tribune reports.

Family identified the victim as 48-year-old Kelly Phillips, according to the Star Tribune and WCCO.

The Star Tribune says Phillips worked as a vice president and general counsel for Boston Scientific. City Pages says Phillips is the co-founder of the Lush Food Bar in northeast Minneapolis. The bar opened in 2009.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office says the victim and suspect likely arrived in the same dark-colored BMW at the Holiday gas station on West Highway 96 in Arden Hills before 8:40 a.m. Monday. The suspect then shot the victim, before fleeing the scene in the same vehicle, leaving the victim lying in the gas station parking lot.

The victim was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, the sheriff's office says.

Officials say there is no immediate information on what prompted the shooting, adding that neither man entered the store, the Star Tribune says.

Witnesses said the two men were arguing prior to the shooting.

Josh Polos, who was parked near the BMW, was one of the first witnesses to call police, KSTP reports.

"The driver got out with a pistol, and when the guy in the backseat turned to run, he shot him in the back. He fell to the ground and started begging for his life screaming," Polos told KSTP.

Polos told WCCO, "The guy just stepped over the top of him and fired a couple more times — once right in the head. He got back in the BMW. He sat there for 20 or 30 seconds, for some reason, I can’t figure out why. But then he drove off and drove over the guy’s body."

Investigators have interviewed a person of interest, but are still looking for anyone who may have information about this homicide, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Investigators located the suspected getaway car, a dark grey 2011 BMW 535i with the Minnesota license plates 004-EYY, at 11:30 p.m. Monday, KSTP says.

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