Man charged with shooting cabbie, then at a car at restaurant drive-thru

Monday, October 05, 2015

Three additional felony charges have been filed against a Brooklyn Park man for shooting and injuring a cab driver on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge last month, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

Anthony Terell Ford, 21, had already been charged with three counts of drive-by shooting at a North Minneapolis McDonald’s drive-thru later in the morning of Sept. 4. The new charges, filed Thursday, are attempted second-degree murder, drive-by shooting and illegally possessing a gun after being found delinquent as a juvenile for first-degree robbery.

According to the criminal complaint, a cab driver was shot in the right forearm and thigh about 2:50 a.m. Sept. 4. The cab driver told police he was driving east on the bridge to pick up a passenger when a black Chevy Impala suddenly came up on the passenger side and someone began firing shots, which broke the cab’s passenger window.

The cab driver told police that a black car had cut him off at an intersection and a man got out and yelled at him, according to the complaint. Video cameras showed that Ford left the parking lot of a downtown bar, ran a red light, cut off the taxi cab and later drove alongside it on the bridge, the complaint states.

About 15 minutes later, Ford was at a McDonald’s near 45th and Lyndale Avenues North when he collided with the rear end of the car ahead of him in the drive-thru lane. When the driver of that car got out to exchange information with Ford, he leaned out of his car and began yelling at the woman and she told him her two children were in the car. She retreated to her vehicle and soon heard at least five gunshots and saw Ford driving away. One bullet struck the woman’s car, according to the complaint.

Ford hit a fence on the McDonald’s property and he and his passenger, Zelar Graves, 29, got out and when police arrived, ran away but were quickly caught. Police recovered a Smith & Wesson handgun from the car and cartridges at the scene of both shootings were matched to the gun, the complaint states.

Graves was charged with aiding and abetting Ford at the restaurant shooting.

Criminal complaint PDF states second degree murder, but it's actually attempted second-degree murder.