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$30K reward fund for cases of young children shot in Minneapolis

Three children, all 10 years old or younger, were shot in the head in the past month.
Aniya Allen

Aniya Allen

Information leading to an arrest for any of the shootings that wounded two children and killed a third child in Minneapolis will be greeted with a reward of up to $30,000. 

Family members of the children who were shot – 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr., 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith, and, 6-year-old Aniya Allen – along with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and announced the reward during a Sunday press conference. 

The reward features $10,000 for each separate shooting. The three kids were victims of shootings in Minneapolis between April 30 and May 17. Garrett and Ottoson-Smith remain hospitalized from gunshot wounds to the head, while Aniya Allen died after she was struck in the head by a bullet this past Monday. 

The reward fund was put together by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, in partnership with Crime Stoppers. organized the reward in partnership with CrimeStoppers. Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tipline at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

“We will not stop until we find, locate and apprehend those who are responsible,” Arradondo said. “I am committed to making sure that this does not become our normal.”

Garrett Jr. was shot in the head April 30 when he was in the back seat of his parents' car when gunfire broke out. Ottoson-Smith was at a birthday party in north Minneapolis on May 15 when a drive-by shooting left her with a gunshot wound to the head. 

Allen was riding in her family's car Monday when she was struck in the head by a bullet. She died Tuesday.

According to the City of Minneapolis Crime Dashboard, there have been 31 homicides in the city so far this year. There were 15 homicides in Minneapolis at the same point in 2020. 

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