Mother And Toddler Recovering After Minneapolis Shooting

June 27, 2015  |  
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Last week a Minneapolis woman and her 15-month-old daughter were shot and are now recovering. Shandre’a Spielman and her daughter left a doctors checkup and what could have been a nice stroll home near Peavey Park in Minneapolis turned disastrous when gunshots were fired and they were both hit.

Shandre’a told CBS news that she had no idea her daughter Eden had been shot until the ambulance arrived. Eden spent six days in the hospital and has to use a colostomy bag for 6 more weeks while Spielman could have long-term nerve damage in her leg.

She shared her story with CBS News:

“It was nice outside, pretty warm out,” said 22-year-old Spielman. “Eden fell asleep in the stroller.”

“I thought, ‘It’s not gun shots. It’s the middle of the day and I’m in a park,’” Spielman said. “But then I looked down and saw the blood dripping down my leg.”

“I didn’t really care that I got hit. I was more happy that she didn’t,” Spielman said. “So when I found out that she did it was not a good day anymore.”

Doctors had to put Eden under during her surgery, all while Spielman was dealing with a serious bullet wound in her calf muscle. The same bullet hit both mom and daughter.

“It went through my leg, through the stroller into her back and hit her lower hip bone,” Spielman said.

Police arrested 24-year-old Dontae Peterson for shooting at rival gang members and hitting an innocent woman and child. Investigators say they have a case, but some witnesses have refused to cooperate.

“This is a baby and a mom and the code of silence needs to be broken,” said Sgt. Greg Freeman.

“Everything happens for a reason I guess. If we hadn’t gotten hit he may not have gotten caught and someone else could have gotten hurt or died,” said Shandrea.

Photo: Shandre’a Spielman’s Facebook

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