"...Maxwell, 40, a father of nine who police say sold drugs and prostitutes on the side, began by calling the mother of one of his children and saying: I'm going to shoot people tonight..."
South Minneapolis tattoo parlor owner Trace Maxwell's last hours Thursday were a rolling rampage of rage that cut a swath across the Twin Cities as he gunned down four people and then put a final bullet in himself.
Maxwell, 40, a father of nine who police say sold drugs and prostitutes on the side, began by calling the mother of one of his children and saying: I'm going to shoot people tonight.
Then he did, going first to north Minneapolis, where he shot and killed a girlfriend, Amy Terborg, 28, and wounded Gina Fredrickson, 20, who had moved with Terborg that day to an address on Logan Avenue N. Fredrickson was in serious condition Thursday night in Hennepin County Medical Center.
From Logan Avenue, Maxwell drove to Brooklyn Park, to the home of Jason Rand, 38, a contractor with alcohol problems who owed money to a lot of people, and whose brother died last year of a drug overdose in Jason Rand's home, neighbors said.
Click to view image: 'ee74f99d6bcc-1b1.jpg'Maxwell shot and killed Rand, police said, then drove across the Twin Cities to a home in the 8000 block of Courthouse Blvd. E. in Inver Grove Heights, where he shot and killed a man. That man, like Rand, had taken out a restraining order against Maxwell, saying he had threatened him, said a source with knowledge of the investigation.
It's not yet clear what tied all of the victims together or what set Maxwell off; he partially explained himself to a Minneapolis detective who reached him by cell phone after police tracked his calls and closed in on the SUV he was driving.
Maxwell talked to the detective as he led a dozen police cruisers on a slow chase along E. Lake Street. As the detective tried to talk Maxwell into surrendering, Maxwell shot himself, police say. The SUV mowed down a light pole and slammed into a low fence around a gas station at E. Lake Street and 17th Avenue.
"At no point did he give a coherent explanation for why he did these things," said Capt. Amelia Huffman of the Minneapolis Police Department.
Police have not officially identified the shooter, but the Star Tribune learned his name through sources with knowledge of the investigation.
Maxwell knew all of the victims from business dealings, police said.
Also known as Trace Henry, he was co-owner of Tattoo Genius at W. 38th Street and Nicollet in Minneapolis, but he was also a suspected drug dealer working on the city's North Side, according to sources with knowledge of the case.
His older brother, Derick Henry, who lives in Arizona, recalled his brother having served time for a past offense, and said: "Just knowing my brother, whatever initial things occurred, he probably spiraled. It was a point of no return. I know my brother well enough to know he wasn't going to allow himself to go back to jail."
Victim called 911
The first report of trouble came from the wounded Fredrickson, who called 911 about 2:30 a.m. Police rushed to 1328 Logan Av. N., but the shooter had fled.
Neighbors said the two women had just moved in, and no one on the block had a chance to meet them yet.
Detectives quickly zeroed in on Maxwell as a suspect, according to a source. A short time later, Brooklyn Park police reported a shooting just after 3 a.m. in the Willows of Aspen housing development, where they found Rand dead.
The development is full of recently built homes, wide lawns and parks. Thursday afternoon, children played on the sidewalks near Rand's home.
"He was a car guy," said one neighbor who asked that his name not appear in the paper. "All I can really say is that he was a fairly friendly guy."
A woman who lives on Rand's street said a contractor once came to her door and asked if she knew where Rand was, apparently after knocking on Rand's door to no avail. "He said he was owed $12,000 and that someone else was owed $25,000," the woman said.
The shooter called Rand early Thursday and told him he had something to drop off, according to a neighbor, who learned of the shooting from a police investigator. "He opened his door and the guy shot him," the woman said.
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