Mom Devastated Over Boy Shot, Killed By Stray Bullet

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A boy who was hit in the head by a stray bullet while he was inside his Minneapolis home on Monday night has died.

The boy has been identified by North Memorial Medical Center as 3-year-old Terrell Mayes. Hospital officials said he passed away around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Minneapolis Police said the shooting incident happened around 7 p.m. on Monday. The city’s ShotSpotter system notified police of gunshots in the area of 2600 Block of Colfax Avenue North — in the Hawthorne neighborhood.

When police arrived, officers found the toddler inside the home with adults. He was rushed to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn. for treatment where he died Tuesday morning.

Police believe the bullet came from outside the home, but so far no one has been arrested. They said there’s no evidence the people inside the home were being targeted.

Holding back tears, Marsha Mayes talked about her youngest child and the night that changed her life forever.

“When I say you disrupted my soul, you disrupted my soul. You took my life,” she said.

Marsha Mayes said she had just left her home in north Minneapolis when her sister called her with the news — a bullet came into the home and hit Terrell.

“But here it is. The devil creeped inside and took my son’s life,” she said. “He was only three. He didn’t get to live his life.”

Pastor Jesse Griffin who lives in the neighborhood said he heard what sounded like fireworks going off. When he went outside where he found a bullet hole in the side of his garage.

“We looked out the window and they had everything, roped off, police everywhere,” recalled Griffin.

Detectives said they don’t know who the shooter is and they’re still investigating why someone was firing their gun, ultimately killing the little boy who loved to smile and play.

“There’s nothing I can do to bring him back or anything, but whoever has done this needs to come forward,” said Marsha Mayes. “Please come forward and do the right thing.”

Police are asking anyone who has information on the shooting to call 911. Crime Stoppers of Minnesota is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information. Calls to Crime Stoppers can be made anonymously at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).

“This is a horrible incident for this child and his family, especially over the holiday season; we again need the public’s help,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Timothy Dolan in a released statement.

Shannon Canny who lives next door to the home said she knows the family and there is definite sense of loss.

“How do you know offer condolences in a situation like this especially when it’s a young child? How do you express sympathy and something that would be encouraging to the family, it’s really hard,” she said.

Other neighbors said that it’s not uncommon to hear gunshots and that, at times, they’re not sure whether to call police because they don’t know where they’re coming from.

  • kevin

    On…and on….and on….and on…..

    • Chris

      Yes… and it will continue as long as it is not made a priority for the cops and the people that live there! You need to step up and stop it… there is just no excuse that it is tolerated. Much easier for the cops to write tickets instead of actually making a difference! They should think about this little guy when putting their badges on…

      • Lori

        I have a feeling they more than think about it when they put their badges on. They don’t want to be shot anymore than the people living there. I would be willing to bet that if the people being shot at would start to tell the police who is doing this, because they know who is doing the shooting, it would turn around. Its gang related and no one wants to talk. How can the police help, if no one feels safe enough to talk? It wont stop until the residents are fed up with it.

        • Chris

          @Lori… I understand and agree…
          But, if these areas were canvased heavily at times, these gang losers would be weeded out! The cops do it with their DUI efforts, why not do it in these neighborhoods? Stop all the cars and search them if they suspect anything! That will certainly put a damper on their brazen, but cowardice acts!!!

          • stubby

            They won’t do it because in this guilt-white society, they don’t want to be called racist. You start doing that and Jesse Jackson will be here with his bull horn accusing the cops of profiling. That’s the simple truth.

            • Chris2011

              Exactly-the more police spend in the neighborhood, the more the neighborhood will complain that they are being profiled and targeted by the police. It is interesting to see the demand for police when something bad happens, and when the police meet that demand they are shunned for doing it. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t!

              • dinnmpls

                The cops don’t do it because they get no calls or cooperation from the black community so they really have nothing to go on, they can’t sit on a block and wait for a shooting like they can sit on a highway and wait for drunk drivers. The need info in order to act on this type of thing and the community simply doesn’t provide it.

    • sick

      looks like they need you in Indiana kevin

  • svea

    Poor little guy. Praying for a full recovery.

    • atheist

      How’d that prayer work for you?

    • dinnmpls

      Title of the article says ‘killed’…thinking recovery isn’t too likely. Even if it was I doubt prayer would make much of any difference.

  • Ace

    If there were fewer guns available, there would be fewer people shot by the jerks who carry them

    • Bad seeds

      Maybe … or maybe even better would be more guns in the right hands of law abiding citizens. I’m sensing that short of neighborhood watches and patrols, with armed units of 2-3 on every damn corner/block this will continue.
      Folks – if you live here, want to make it better and safer START blowing the fricken whistle on those that you know. And cease the bs of I didn’t see-I don’t know them- they in your ‘hood and you or someone does.
      Or just allow them to kill you off – frankly I dunno if I give a chit anymore since you don’t seem to

    • Grynch

      @ Ace. WRONG! It’s not the guns that kill people it’s mostly the bullets and the people who decide to discharge them.

    • Chuck

      @Ace… But these are criminals with illegal firearms!!!
      Most of them are probably even felons that cannot hold firearms at all anyway… doesn’t seem to make any difference to these losers. Hard to apply logic within legal parameters to these who are set on destroying what others have earned… even 3 year old boys!

      • CITBOC

        You can’t fight evil…as long as there is a will, there’s a way. Thugs that want to illegally carry weapons, will always find a way to do that.

        Good people in these neighborhoods are afraid to ‘blow the whistle’ at gang menbers, thugs, etc. FEAR is holding good people ‘hostage’ from doing the right thing, unfortunately…

  • Spooky

    just wait for round 2 and round 3 of the foreclosure wave when it hits …. you have seen nothing, NOTHING, yet

    • Dave

      Yep, more rental properties for “investors” to exploit.

  • tomsmegpa

    Spooky is correct! Wholesale insurrection!

  • Tony Rozycki

    sad state of affairs

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  • Kevin

    My thoughts and prayers to the family…..another senseless death of a child….



  • em0886

    How tragic and sad for this family…RIP little man.

  • Dave

    ugh… poor little guy. Makes me sick.

  • So sad!

    This is so sad! Also people you need to start calling the police if you hear gun shots that may help catch those gangsters and put them in jail. Do not be afraid cuz you can keep anonymous so no one finds out you called.

  • jackactionhero

    The shooters must not have attended the candlelight vigil a couple months ago.

    • desert eagle .50

      Which candlelight vigil? Please be specific.

  • Momma of 2

    This breaks my heart. Such a senseless and preventable tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with this little angels family and friends.

    Fly high little one.

  • Sara

    This family is in my thoughts and prayers. This poor little boy was just an innocent victim. I hope they find the person that did this.

  • Jay

    Very sorry to hear the child passed away. Our sympathy to the family. We pray the person gets caught that caused your sons death.

  • Terrible news

    Senseless. It hurts to hear such news. I pray for the family.

  • Sonjay

    I believe that the same way Huber Humphrey drove out the Mob in his time that we need a leader that can actually address this problem. I know Dayton can’t because of the inference that it is a racial judgment but if the standards on child rearing were actually enforced in this area the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse that is rampant in this area might be addressed. I have seen women strike children to the ground but have not felt like I can say something….

  • The Fan

    The only way it will get any better is when we as a society start to actually treat the criminals like criminals. Don’t allow them to have any luxories. Make jails and prisons like they were in the past. When people were affraid of life behind bars. Now it seems criminals will gladly spend time in lock up because they have it easy while they’re there. Also this will probably upset some people but make the death penalty an option especially in this situation where an innocent child had to pay the price because some Ahole had a grudge with another Ahole.

    • dee

      I agree with you about the jails. People who commit crimes like this have no rights. They gave their rights up when they commited a crime. Jail should be a place where people DON’T want to go. And perhaps while there, they can earn their keep by picking up trash along the streets or bring back the chain gangs that worked their debt to society off. But of course that will never happen again. We have become a society where the victoms are treated worse than the criminals.

    • jackactionhero

      By the time we’re treating criminals like criminals, chances are we’re too late to actually resolve the situation for the future. You’re talking about a plan to wipe society’s nose as if the cold itself is a given. Cure the illness, don’t treat the symptoms.

  • Shocker

    It makes me sick that these kind of people are part of the human race, when actually they’re not, get jobs and stop inpregnating every stray you run into to, I hope this person gets stomach cancer today.

  • Nancy Aleshire

    First Tyesha Edwards and now Terrell Mayes–how many more of our innocent children must have their lives cut short. Let’s declare a war on guns–they are guaranteed to kill or maim. In memory of these precious souls, TURN IN THESE GUNS. This family was supposed to open up presents, not have to bury their child. My prayers are with the family–I’ve been there myself.

    • jackactionhero

      “Let’s declare a war on guns”

      Meaning what exactly? More laws that people who don’t obey laws can casually disregard?

      Or do you suggest house-to-house searches for guns and confiscation of all firearms from all residents?

      What is it you’re suggesting? Please be clear here.

    • Charlie

      @Nancy… But these are criminals with illegal firearms!!!
      Most of them are probably even felons that cannot hold firearms at all anyway… doesn’t seem to make any difference to these losers. Hard to apply logic within legal parameters to these who are set on destroying what others have… even 3 year old boys! They are nothing more than animals and they should be removed from society!

      • Dave

        No doubt! Speaking as a Northside resident, I don’t mow my lawn without a piece!

  • Dave

    Nice news conference, more hand-wringing. Our current “leaders” need to step aside and give their jobs to people who have the balls to deal with this problem.

    • mary

      No kidding Dave. Rybak was trying to sound tough, but I pictured him in bike shorts and a dopey helmet.

      • AP

        hahaa exactly.

  • Joe's Mom

    I can’t begin to imagine what that family is going through. Poor baby. Poor Mom. My condolences.

  • jean

    Our prayers go out to this family! this is just so incredible sad and heart breaking :(

  • LARS

    I read these ignorant comments… Karma is a Bitc@#$% people….let’s hope the next bullet does not strike any one of these ignorant inbreds making these harsh comments…. Karma….Karma… Karma

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