MINNEAPOLIS — It has been over six months since the shooting that killed a 3-year-old boy in north Minneapolis, but police say they are no closer to finding the person who fired the fatal shot.
Terrell Mayes Jr. died after a bullet broke through a wall in his home and hit him the head last December. At the time he was shot, Mayes and his brother were running upstairs to hide. Investigators say they believe the bullet came from a nearby alley. The bullet penetrated the wall of the home before striking Terrell. He died the next day.
Terrell’s mother, 32-year-old Marsha Mayes, said she was not home on the night when the bullets flew. She had gone out to get her sons a snack.
The mother of four said that whenever her family heard shots fired in the neighborhood, Terrell’s older brothers would grab him and run to a closet on the second floor of the house. She said Terrell was on his way upstairs when he was hit.
Mayes said she thought her kids would be safe indoors and described Terrell as a fun-loving kid who was just learning to talk. Mayes called him Junior, she said, because he was the spitting image of his father.
“They didn’t think he was going to talk,” she said. “Junior fooled everybody. Junior come home and said ‘Ma! I’m hungry. I’m ready to eat, Ma. I’m ready to eat.’”
Minneapolis Police Sgt. Stephen McCarty says they are still counting on someone coming forward with the information they need.
“We sure hope and pray that they’ll call and give us whatever information they have so we can try and solve this horrific crime,” McCarty said.
A $10,000 reward is offered in the case.
“Beyond the monetary rewards that are being offered, I would like to think that somebody’s conscience would get to them and they would feel compelled to help us.” McCarty said.
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