MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 34-year-old Minneapolis man faces felony assault charges for allegedly shooting three people on the north side late last month, including a 4-year-old boy.
Deontray Vershon Tate is charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault, according to court documents. If convicted of all charges, he could face a maximum penalty of 34 years in prison and/or a $58,000 fine.
Tate’s charges stem from a shooting that happened on the 3600 block of Penn Avenue North on the night of June 25. The victims were all in a SUV when Tate allegedly walked up from a nearby parking lot and started shooting into the vehicle from the driver’s side. The 4-year-old suffered a gunshot wound in the lower leg, and needed surgery to realign his bones. The other victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The boy’s mother was a witness to the shooting, court documents show. She recognized Tate as the shooter and told police he was retaliating against her after she had gotten into a fight – and reportedly beat up — with his wife.
Tate is currently in custody.