A Minneapolis man has been charged with 8 counts of attempted murder for shooting at rival gang members and hitting an innocent mother and her 15-month-old baby as they walked down the street. The shooting happened last Thursday, June 18, near Peavey Park at Franklin Avenue and Park Avenue.
Police say Dontae Peterson, 24, fired shots at an SUV as it drove by the park. The mother was pushing her baby's stroller when she was shot in the leg. Another bullet went through the baby's abdomen. The baby underwent surgery and is in stable condition, but her intestines and bowels are permanently damaged.
"This is outrageous, criminal behavior that resulted in an innocent mother and child suffering terrible wounds," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. "Minneapolis police investigators and our prosecutor worked tirelessly since the shooting to bring this case together. We will do everything in our power to prove Mr. Peterson guilty and make sure he does some serious time."
According to the criminal complaint, Dontae Peterson is a member of the 10z gang, which has been in an ongoing fight with a man known as OT2 and his associates. Before Thursday's shooting, Peterson and his friends had several loud arguments with OT2 and his friends at several locations near Peavey Park.
Peterson is expected to make his first court appearance on Tuesday. Prosecutors are requesting he be held on $1 million bail.