Minneapolis police arrest 2nd man in boy’s shooting death

Published 9:46 am Thursday, July 21, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police have arrested a second man in the drive-by shooting death of a 2-year-old boy earlier this month.

Police say the 31-year-old man was booked into Hennepin County Jail on Wednesday. The Star Tribune reports the man has not been charged.

Le-Vonte King Jason Jones was shot in the chest while he sat in his father’s van on July 8. His father, 25-year-old Melvonte Peterson of Brooklyn Center, was jailed Friday — the day of his son’s funeral — on charges of illegally having a firearm and drive-by shooting.

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Authorities say Peterson returned fire at a black Chevrolet Impala after its driver pulled next to Peterson’s van in north Minneapolis and fired shots.

The driver of the Impala fired the two initial shots, killing Le-Vonte and grazing his 15-month-old sister in the leg.