Minneapolis police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting of a mother and her 15-month-old daughter near the intersection of Park Avenue and Franklin Avenue early Thursday afternoon. Investigators worked on the case overnight and developed enough information to make an arrest Friday.
According to Minneapolis police, the two innocent bystanders were shot around 2:15 p.m. while walking in the area of Peavey Park. They were both taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in stable condition and are expected to survive.
"Our community deserves better than the violence that has been seen on our streets lately especially that of an innocent mother and child yesterday," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said. "I am incredibly proud of the swift actions of our responding officers, investigators and members of the new GIT, Gang Interdiction Team, who made such a quick arrest. Our officers will continue to work with residents in those areas where violent crime occurs, making connections, making arrests and taking guns off our streets."
Robert Hicks said his own young daughter attends summer school only a block away.
"This is totally unnecessary," Hicks said. "Totally unacceptable in a neighborhood where there's a lot of people that have jobs, livelihoods, families. We don't need that over here."
A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Friday night at Peavey Park.