An evening stroll to a Minneapolis convenience store put a man in the hospital after he was badly beaten by two people who took his credit card and ran off. Police said this appears to be a random crime of opportunity.
Shawn Zingsheim, the father of a 6-month-old, is in fair condition at North Memorial Hospital as of Wednesday night. His sister, Rhionnon Flores, says her big brother has always been more of a lover than a fighter, so seeing him lying bandaged and bruised in a hospital bed is almost too much to take.
"He was just walking to the store. He's my big brother and it's not nice to see him beat up, and tubes and wires. It was really hard seeing him the first time," Flores said.
Zingsheim told police he walked to a Full Stop convenience store a few blocks from his house Sunday evening to pick up some juice and cigarettes when he passed two men as he left the store. He said the men followed him as walked along Lowry Avenue, and when he turned on a side street, they came up behind him, knocked him to the ground and demanded his cell phone and wallet before they beat him nearly unconscious and fled.
"He thinks the whole thing started because he head nodded [to acknowledge the men in the store] and they took it all out of proportion," Flores said.
Zingsheim had surgery to repair his fractured skull and will have to have another to fix his shattered eye socket and broken jaw. Luckily, he didn't suffer any permanent brain damage. Police picked up surveillance video from the store in hopes of identifying and locating the pair.
Flores says her brother's attackers appear to have used his credit card at a couple of pizza places and a bowling alley, but so far, Minneapolis police said they haven't made any arrests.