Prayer Vigil Held For Critically Wounded 9-Year-Old Girl
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dozens of people gathered outside a hospital in Robbinsdale Sunday to pray for a young girl who was shot in the head while playing with other children in a Minneapolis neighborhood.
Police say 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith remains in critical condition at North Memorial Health Hospital. She was shot Saturday night while bouncing on a trampoline in the Jordan neighborhood, the Star Tribune reported.
The shooter was in a red four-door Ford vehicle that drove away after firing at a residence, police said.
“She didn’t deserve it. She was doing what innocent kids do,” said Raishawn Smith, Trinity’s father. “She was caught in the crossfire of senseless violence.”
The shooting comes just two weeks after another child, 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr., was shot while riding in a vehicle in Minneapolis. Garrett remains in critical condition at North Memorial.
The shooting happened during a violent weekend in the Twin Cities.
Two groups of Minneapolis police officers were attacked in downtown and Uptown early Sunday morning, according to police spokesman John Elder.
People threw rocks and other debris at police or sprayed mace as the officers were called to disperse a crowd about 1 a.m. Sunday, Elder said. Two officers were taken to HCMC for treatment.
Then about 2 a.m. fights broke out downtown at bar closing time. Some of the bar patrons fought with police, sending one officer and two civilians to the hospital.