A 27-year-old man was charged Monday in a shooting that injured a mother and child near a south Minneapolis park during a shooting spree last week.
Dontae Denae Peterson of Minneapolis was charged with multiple counts of attempted second-degree murder, second-degree assault and first-degree assault. Half of the eight counts were charged as being for the benefit of a gang.
The woman, in her 20s, and the 15-month-old girl, who was in a stroller, were shot Thursday afternoon near Peavey Park, close to the intersection of Park and Franklin avenues, police said. The two were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where they were listed in stable condition.
"This is outrageous, criminal behavior that resulted in an innocent mother and child suffering terrible wounds," said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman in a statement. "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, Peterson is a member of the 10z gang (pronounced "tens") which has been in a feud with a man known as OT2 and his associates. Before the shooting took place, Peterson and his friends had several loud arguments with OT2 and his group at different locations near the park. At one time, Peterson flashed a handgun.
About 2:15 p.m., Peterson noticed the sport utility vehicle in which OT2 and his friends had been riding was going north on Park Avenue. Peterson ran through the park and fired his gun at least eight times as the vehicle approached, he told police.
While some of the bullets hit the SUV, one struck the mother in her leg as she was walking south on Park Avenue and pushing the stroller. A bullet also hit the baby's abdomen and went out the child's back. The child had to undergo surgery and her intestines and bowels are permanently damaged, according to the complaint.
Peterson said that the woman and child were not his intended targets.
Peterson is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday.