Infant born prematurely after mother was fatally shot in Minneapolis has now died

The baby's father has been charged with murder.
Zachary Robinson

The infant girl born prematurely after the fatal shooting of her mother in Minneapolis last month has died.

The baby was placed in the NICU after it was delivered following the shooting of mother Laneesha Columbus in the area of 37th Street East and Elliot Avenue in south Minneapolis on July 5.

Minneapolis Police Department announced that the baby died just before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The baby's father and Columbus' boyfriend, Zachary Robinson Jr., 27, of St. Paul, has been charged with Columbus' murder.

The baby's cause of death will be determined and released in the coming days by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

The homicide unit will work with the county attorney's office meanwhile to assess whether further charges will be brought against Robinson Jr.

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses saw Robinson and Columbus, 27, arguing near her vehicle that was parked in a parking lot on Chicago Avenue, not far from the Floyd memorial at Chicago Avenue and 38th Street East.

When Columbus started to drive north on Chicago Avenue, Robinson fired several shots at the SUV, witnesses said, and then went back to the parking lot, putting his gun in his waistband.

When police arrived at the scene, bystanders were performing life-saving measures on Columbus. She died a short time later at Hennepin County Medical Center.

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