Father of Murdered Toddler Now Faces Charges
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old boy who was killed last week in a drive-by shooting has been charged.
Twenty-five-year-old Melvonte Peterson of Brooklyn Center was charged Friday with illegally having a firearm and drive-by shooting.
Authorities say he returned fire at a black Chevrolet Impala on July 8 after its driver pulled next to Peterson's van in north Minneapolis and fired shots.
Police are still seeking the person who fired the shots that killed Le-Vonte King Jason Jones and injured 15-month-old Melia Queen Melvina Jones.
Peterson was in custody Friday and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney to comment on his behalf.