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Man charged in shooting of mother, toddler in Minneapolis

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Hennepin County authorities have filed eight criminal charges against a man accused of shooting a woman and her 15-month daughter as they were walking near Peavey Park last week.

Dontae Denae Peterson, 24, of Minneapolis faces eight counts of attempted murder and assault in connection with the shooting on Thursday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced in a news release Monday.

"This is outrageous, criminal behavior that resulted in an innocent mother and child suffering terrible wounds," Freeman said.

Several of the charges accuse Peterson of shooting at the driver of a sports utility vehicle in the area; four of the charges allege his actions were "for the benefit of a gang," according to Freeman.

The woman and her child were shot while Peterson was firing his gun at someone else, authorities allege.

According to the criminal complaint:

Peterson is a member of the 10z (tens) gang, which has been feuding with a man known as OT2 and his associates. On the day of the shooting, the two groups had several confrontations near Peavey Park and Peterson flashed a handgun at one point.

At approximately 2:15 p.m., Peterson saw an SUV that OT2 and his friends had been riding in, traveling north on Park Avenue. Peterson ran through Peavey Park and stood between two parked cars. As the SUV approached, Peterson admitted he fired his gun at least eight times, emptying it.

While some of the bullets hit the vehicle, at least one missed and struck the mother in her leg. She was walking south on the west side of Park Avenue and pushing her child in a stroller. A bullet hit the baby's abdomen and exited the child's back.

The girl underwent surgery and is in stable condition, although she has permanent damage to her intestines and bowels, according to Freeman's office.

Peterson is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday and the county attorney's office is asking for bail of $1 million.

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