NORTH ST. PAUL, Minn. - A woman is charged with second degree assault in connection with the shooting of her teenage daughter early Sunday.
Prosecutors say 35-year-old Tonya Raleigh shot the girl early the morning of Sunday, February 9 after the two argued about the teen's relationship with her boyfriend.
Police were called to an apartment near 12th Avenue and McKnight Road in North St. Paul shortly before 5 a.m. on a call of a man yelling that his girlfriend was bleeding. , While en route, officers learned from Allina medics that the female victim, later identified as suspect Raleigh's 18-year-old daughter, had been shot. When they arrived at the apartment officers were told the suspect was still inside, so SWAT teams were called to the scene. Eventually they learned Raleigh was not on the premises.
Raleigh's 14-year-old daughter told investigators that the suspect, the victim and their respective boyfriends had been drinking all day. She says she was awakened early Sunday by her mother and sister arguing, which soon led to a physical altercation. At one point Raleigh pulled a gun and shot the teen victim through the leg.The wound was non-life threatening.
On Monday night police learned that the suspect was at United Hospital trying to file an assault report accusing her daughter of attacking her. A North St. Paul officer was dispatched to the hospital and took Raleigh into custody.