MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police need help to find the person who fired a shot in Minneapolis that killed a 3-year-old boy. And they’re offering a big reward for information.

A stray bullet tore through Marsha Mayes’ home Monday, killing her 3-year-old son Terrell.

“Here it is, the devil creeped inside and took my son’s life,” she said. “That’s not right.”

Terrell was shot in the head as he walked up the stairs of their home, along Colfax Avenue North. Hospital officials said he passed away around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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.

Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Gun violence is something that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is taking very seriously.

Wednesday morning he talked to reporters about their efforts to step up prosecutions.

Freeman said he’s very disturbed by this incident and while they’ve done a lot to crack down on gun violence, he said as this case shows, they need to do more.

In the summer of 2010, the county attorney’s office launched an effort to target felons with guns.

From July of 2010 to July of 2011, charges for gun-related crimes rose 14 percent from 251 cases being prosecuted to 286 cases. Convictions on those gun crimes rose from 212 to 256.

Freeman said part of the reason for those increases is because of a partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Felons who commit crimes with guns have been prosecuted as tough as possible — pushing for maximum sentences.

Freeman said they’ll do the same when police catch the person who shot and killed Terrell.

“Kid with his plate of spaghetti, going upstairs because they’re used to going up? It’s like going into a bomb shelter. It’s like the Diary of Anne Frank all over again, this is awful,” he said. “We try to treat every case the same but I’m sorry, we don’t. We can’t. Everyone of us is just sickened by what happened to this young man.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Hennepin County Attorney prosecutors have been meeting every other week to see what cases can be prosecuted for longer sentences. They are also working with police to aggressively target people who were involved in violent crimes.

They say the people who are committing these types of crimes are on average between the ages of 16 to 26.

Comments (28)
  1. See BS says:

    Is there a chance the Mall of America fight is related to this shooting?

    1. Guns-n-Roses says:

      Welcome to the jungle…..

  2. Msmidwest says:

    It’s nice to know that there is still racism in Minnesota so on that note… Most of these kids in the “hood” are not old enough to get out, they don’t have a choice yet! An the rock he bought was more then likely from a white guy so were does the blame go.. Maybe these parents of ALL kids out here regardless of their nationality should be to blame. It’s a sad fact that these people out here don’t care or have any clue about what guns can really do until it’s too late. Instead of pointing your finger why not try to do what you cab to educate these children so this stuff doesn’t have to happen……Praying for this little boys family!

    1. just sayin says:

      Oh so people just play with guns because they don’t know that they are dangerous? Get your head out of your a&&.

      And blame the rap music if you want – and what rock are you talking about from a white kid? Where did that come from?

      You need to get out more.

      1. Msmidwest says:

        Just sayin…..maybe you should log on faster I was commenting on a post before mine..stupid! An you say I should get out more? Lol

        1. I'm just saying....too says:

          yeah, because your rambling didn’t even relate to the post before yours. Please, just hush!

    2. Kevin says:

      Your kidding…right???? And if not…..please walk to the nearest bridge and cleanse the gene pool……

    3. Bill Clintons Cigar says:

      @ Msmidwest………White guilt 101……..

    4. G dog says:

      A true proponent of “Nobodys accountable for their actions”
      You should run for office.

  3. mr obvious says:

    RIP little dude. I feel ashamed for the black community.

    1. Chris says:

      No doubt we are all ashamed for our entire community!
      This reward is a joke too ($1K) and goes to show that the cops and neighborhood are still not serious about stopping it. How sad for us all…

      1. hunnybear18 says:

        How can they stop it when anytime they try to investigate, “Nobody saw nuttin’?”. How can they stop it when if they stop someone who looks and acts like they are up to no good, they are accused of profiling? How can they stop it when nobody even calls the police when they hear the shots? A shot spotter camera summoned them. They are not mind readers, nor can they predict the future. They can only arrest the perpetrators and help put them away. But “Stop Snitching” makes that next to impossible. So the criminals continue to walk the streets. It’s only a matter of time until it’s on your block. Then everybody puts the cops down when nobody has done a thing to help them do their job.

  4. Chris says:

    Saying WHAT?! We don’t get your drift and some punctuation would be a bonus!

  5. Batman says:

    big reward, where? $1,000 really, that’s all, cough up some real reward money to get people talking

    1. Chuck says:

      @Batman… I hope they read this and understand our message…
      This reward is so lame that it is just embarrassing… for the cops, for the city, etc… It shows that they are still not very serious about it at all!

    2. mom says:

      I’m sorry this story is so tragic and everytime I read it it makes me sad, this little boy did nothing wrong, his only claim in this life was that he had the bad luck of having to live in this neighborhood, you are complaining about the reward money, money should not be needed for those living in this neighborhood to step up and do the right thing. An innocent child lost his life because of some stupid person or persons who thought they were “big” because they had a gun. anyone who knows who shot this little boy and doesn’t come forward is a coward and should be held just as responsible as the person who pulled the trigger. I don’t live in this community but maybe if you all would come together and stop hiding in fear you would win against the thugs that you say are taking over your neighborhoods. Maybe if the good people that lived there would step up and not hide or turn their heads when something like this happens you can win and stop the violence. No one can make a change in your life except for you yourself. If there are really good people in these neighborhoods ban together and fight the thugs so no one else has to lose an innocent child. money shouldn’t be an incentive when a 3 yr little boy has been murdered for no reason it speaks volumes of the people who know anything about this shooting and do nothing to help the police

  6. Wrong is Wrong says:

    A crime is a crime wether it’s in North minneapolis or in Sandusky’s basement. Race has nothing to do with it, it’s the actual person that committed the crime. Whomever did this will suffer no matter what. Rap, Rock & Roll, Pop, Country, nor Gospel played a part in this, it was the mind set of the person who pulled that trigger.

    1. Charlie says:

      @Wrong… and how will they “suffer no matter what”?
      We must get tough and run them out of town!
      Should we just wait until they kill more and take total control?
      This is so absurd… We have neighborhoods that the cops avoid…
      Should we bring in the National Guard and go house to house?
      I think that it could be justified as it is a war zone.

  7. M says:

    I bet someone knows something….But too afraid of getting killed themselves!!! It will never stop if people will not step forward!!

    There are gang bangers, hoodlums, etc in ALL races…does not matter…what matters is an innocent child is dead by the hand of stupid thugs!!!

  8. Lenny says:

    Does anyone know of anyone who should not have a gun. Do your kids know of anyone who should not have a gun? friends/ kid down the street?
    Are you doing anything about it…no…not your problem…right. Maybe get on the phone now and turn them in… if you do not want to do that then YOU are the problem.

  9. Lenny and babs says:

    Does anyone know of anyone who should not have a gun. Do your kids know of anyone who should not have a gun? friends/ kid down the street?
    Are you doing anything about it…no…not your problem…right. Maybe get on the phone now and turn them in… if you do not want to do that then YOU are the problem.

  10. Obv. says:

    Id rather have a breed that occasionly kills itself, rather than a breed that mates 24/7 or robs and kills 24/7.

  11. Dave Seavy says:

    This is a hoot. Expecting civility when people can’t even be civil on a post. The one any only way you’re going to get the violence stopped is by putting the perps away for the rest of their lives. Pouring money in to “education on violence” etc., hasn’t worked yet, and probably never will. Our society needs to get back to the basic principals of respect toward others, common sense and courtesy. The effects of the ME ME ME thinking are showing up everywhere, and the latest result of that is a dead 3 year old. $1000 reward? Is that a joke? Drug dealers make more than that on one deal. Throw some serious money out there and get the killer locked up until the day he/she dies.

  12. JS says:

    I don’t argue with people. I just ask them what neighborhood they live in. Ask a black person who is not a part of the problem what they think. The answer I always get is, “this neighborhood suks, we want to move out.” I don’t think anyone has ever said, “if only we could pay the teachers more, educated *these kids*, create jobs…”. I don’t think anyone who actually has experience with life in those neighborhoods has said anything like that, to me. Mostly it’s been, “these people are psycho, I got to get my family away from here!” They’re also mad ’cause no one cares. Sitting in your safe neighborhood and blaming int all on the racism, on republicans, on this and that isn’t caring, it isn’t helping. It just makes YOU feel good.

  13. Shakopee says:

    What is needed are tougher sentances against anyone who carries a gun without a permit. Guns are made to kill people, people use guns just for that purpose. I’m tired ot the first time offenders getting off easy. If the sentances were more serious & tougher maybe idiots who like to shoot guns towards homes and crowds and people because they think they are big & bad, will think twice. Put these idiots in jail with murderers & let them get a good taste of what jail time will be like. People shooting off guns randomly intend on killing. Do the crime, do the time. Thats it thats all.

  14. MB says:

    If you want to increase the reward being offered ($1,875 raised so far after 16 donations, so the reward is up to $2,875): http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Justice-For-Terrell-Mayes-Jr

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