18-year-old faces charges in Whittier shooting

An 18-year-old suspect faces murder charges in the death of Jordan Carson Adams, age 19, who grew up in Armatage.

Police responded to a May 6 shooting at an apartment building at 2101 3rd Ave. S and sent Adams by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he later died. The medical examiner’s office said he died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. 

Armatage resident Denis Houle, a neighbor of Adams’ family, said his son grew up playing basketball with Adams. There were many kids on the block, he said, and they were often out shooting baskets together.

“Jordan was a really nice kid,” he said. “He was definitely the best player on the team. There was never a reason to think that anything like this was going to happen.”

The county attorney’s office charged Eugene Watkins of North Minneapolis with murder in the second degree, saying the crime was not premeditated.

According to the complaint: Watkins and two other men drove around Robbinsdale the afternoon of May 6. They sought to buy weed from Adams, and agreed to meet at Adams’ apartment. A witness observed a man of Watkins’ description walk into the apartment with a large semiautomatic handgun and say something to the effect of, “Give me that.” Gunshots erupted immediately after, according to the witness. One of the men who arrived with Watkins told police Adams also had a gun, and after they left the apartment, he saw that Watkins had been shot. They took Watkins to Hennepin County Medical Center. Police learned that Watkins came to the hospital with a gunshot wound, and found he fit the suspect description from witnesses at the apartment. 

A second man who accompanied Watkins to the apartment, Trevone Seantez Little, age 21, later turned himself in to police, according to the complaint. He is charged with aiding an offender as an accomplice after the fact, which is a felony.

Houle said Adams’ death is “just tragic.”

“You think living in Southwest … we’re protected from this kind of thing happening,” Houle said. “No matter where you grew up or where you live, you’re not protected from it.”