Gunman who shot cabbie, woman’s car at drive-thru pleads guilty

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Brooklyn Park man who went on a shooting spree in Minneapolis pleaded guilty to three charges just as his trial was to begin, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.

Anthony Terell Ford, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault for shooting a cab driver, one count of drive-by shooting for firing at a woman in a McDonald’s drive-thru and one count of being a felon in possession of a gun. He will be sentenced Feb. 12 and is expected to receive more than 14 years in prison.

Ford admitted in court Thursday that he was driving the black car described by witnesses, that it was his gun and he fired the shots, although he claimed he was drunk that night.

According to the criminal complaint, at about 2:50 a.m. on Sept. 4, police were sent to a shooting on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. The driver of a taxi cab was bleeding from gunshot wounds that doctors later determined were in his right thigh and his right forearm. He said that Ford cut him off in an intersection at the edge of downtown, got out of his car and was yelling at the taxi driver. The taxi driver eventually drove off and was on the bridge when Ford caught up to him and fired shots from the driver side of his car, shattering the cab’s passenger window and injuring the cabbie.

A short time later, a woman was in the drive-thru lane of a McDonald’s near 45th and Lyndale Avenues North when her car was rear-ended. She got out of her car to exchange information. Instead, Ford, who was the driver of the car that hit her car, leaned out of his car window and yelled at her. She got back in her car and then heard Ford fire five to eight shots at least one of which hit the woman’s trunk, the complaint states. She also had her two children in the back seat.

Ford agreed Thursday that there were children in the car, a factor that will allow the judge to give Ford a more severe sentence. He is expected to get 103 months for the wounding of the cab driver and 67 months for the shooting at the drive-thru and they will run consecutively. He will get 60 months for being a felon in possession of a gun, but that will be concurrent with the others.