Suspect and accomplice charged in shooting at Edina hospital parking ramp

The shooting happened Sept. 14 and the two suspects were arrested on Sunday.
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Lucinda Ann Peterson (left) and Matthew Rush. 

Lucinda Ann Peterson (left) and Matthew Rush. 

The man accused of shooting a doctor in the parking ramp of M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina has been charged. 

Mathew Rush, 33, of Minnetonka, is charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. 

Lucinda Ann Peterson, 50, of Minneapolis is also charged in connection to the case. She's charged with first-degree robbery, aiding an offender to avoid arrest-harbor/conceal, and aiding an offender-accomplice after the fact.

Edina police arrested Rush and Peterson on Sunday, more than a week after the Sept. 14 shooting. 

According to the criminal complaints, at 8:54 p.m. on Sept. 14, Edina police responded to a report of a shooting in the west parking ramp of the hospital. 

When police arrived, the victim was being treated in the emergency room, with the complaint noting the bullet had entered the victim's forehead and exited through his scalp, causing "deep lacerations" that required stitches and staples to close.

The victim, who was identified in media reports as a doctor from Eagan, told police he arrived for work at the hospital and parked his vehicle in the ramp when Rush approached his window and tapped on it, the complaint says. 

Rush asked to use the victim's cell phone, and he got out of the car and handed his phone to him, the complaint says. Rush dialed a number on the phone, then handed it back to the victim and pulled out a handgun, pointing it at him. 

Rush ordered the victim to "get in the car" and threatened to kill him, charges state. The victim grabbed for the gun and Rush moved it upward. The victim then heard a gunshot and fell to the ground. Rush then fled. 

The victim realized he was bleeding from his forehead and went inside the hospital. 

Police collected a .45 caliber discharged cartridge casing from the scene. 

The victim provided a detailed description of Rush to the police. Meanwhile, surveillance footage from a stairwell showed a man loitering just before the shooting, then running down the stairs immediately afterward. Video from a nearby business showed a silver, two-door car with a large dent driving away from the scene. 

Police issued a crime alert with images from surveillance footage, and eventually issued a reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest. 

Then, 10 days later, on Sept. 24, the Savage Police Department told the Edina Police Department that a car matching the images in the crime alert had been involved in a theft of credit cards on Sept. 15, the complaint notes. The stolen cards were used at a Walgreens by a woman identified as Peterson.

Court documents say Edina police were familiar with her because she was the passenger in a vehicle that fled from police on Aug. 20. The driver of the vehicle that day was Rush, who matched the victim's physical description of the shooter. 

In a photo lineup, the victim identified Rush as the man who shot him, charges note.

Police gathered cell phone history and location data that showed Rush and Peterson were in the area of the hospital at the time of the shooting before going to a storage facility in New Brighton, charges say. Police obtained a search warrant for a storage unit, and inside they found gun cleaner, an empty handgun case and the title to Peterson's car. 

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On Sunday, Sept. 27, police spotted Peterson's car at a Bloomington hotel, charges say. Police arrested Rush inside the car and Peterson inside the hotel room. 

Inside the hotel room, police found methamphetamine and clothes that matched what Rush was wearing on the night of the shooting, the complaint reads. There was also a handwritten list that included the items "burner phones" and "guns."

In an interview with police, Peterson identified her car in the surveillance images and she admitted to driving in the area of the hospital looking for a bank, saying she must have made a wrong turn, charges state. She denied that Rush was with her in the vehicle. 

Rush has a criminal history that includes convictions for financial transaction card fraud, drug possession and other thefts, charges note. In 2014, he was convicted of first-degree aggravated robbery in which he approached a victim in a parking ramp, pointed a gun at the victim and said "get in the car" before stealing the victim's purse. 

Peterson also has a criminal history that includes felony convictions for drug possession, theft and forgery, court documents state. She is on probation for first-degree sale of methamphetamine. 

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