Two Charged in Minneapolis Assault that Severely Injured 8-Year-Old Girl

Updated: 05/14/2014 4:34 PM
Created: 05/14/2014 3:52 PM
By: Heidi Enninga

Two men were charged with felonies Wednesday after police said they smashed windows with bricks and shot at a car with five people inside, severely injuring a girl on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Diontre Ramone Hill, 21, and Myles Ray Estes, 20, are both facing charges of first-degree assault in connection to a disagreement that escalated into a shooting in which the eight-year-old victim sustained a glancing bullet wound to her head and eye injuries due to flying glass.

Police said the glass injuries were so severe that the victim may lose her eye.

About 11:35 a.m. on Sunday, an adult woman told police that she drove with four children to meet Hill after he called her to meet him in an alley near the 4000 block of Irving Avenue North in Minneapolis.

When she got there, the woman said Hill appeared to be stalling and started questioning her about whether or not she had damaged a female acquaintance’s car, which she denied.

The police report said Hill then made a phone call and the woman said she saw Estes running toward her car. Then Estes also accused the woman of damaging the car and picked up a brick, which he used to begin breaking her car windows.

Police said the woman told them Hill appeared to be smirking and did not intervene, so she started driving away as Estes shot the car multiple times with a handgun.

The gunfire broke another window, and the woman told police that her daughter started screaming that she couldn’t see and was also bleeding from her head.

The woman called 911 while she drove to Hennepin County Medical Center, and police said they met her there.

Officers were able to find Hill and Estes, along with a handgun and ammunition, near the crime scene the woman described.

Both Estes and Hill are being detained by police.

Photo: KSTP/file

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