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Girl, 9, shot in the head at birthday party in Minneapolis is 'fighting for her life'

Trinity Ottoson-Smith was struck by a bullet in the head last weekend.

A 9-year-old girl who was shot in the head while playing outside in north Minneapolis continues to fight for her life. 

According to an update Monday from her father, Trinity Ottoson-Smith "was innocently playing with some friends at a birthday party when she was senselessly shot by a drive by shooter." 

Minneapolis police said the Saturday shooting happened at approximately 8:32 p.m. on the 2200 block of Llion Avenue North. She was playing on a trampoline when a red, four-door car drove through the alley, with someone from the car opening fire, police said. 

Officers arrived at the scene and due to the critical nature of her condition, they didn't wait for an ambulance, instead rushing her in a squad vehicle to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale.

"Our baby is now fighting for her life in an ICU," said Raishawn Smith, her father. 

"Trinity is our baby... sweet, patience, loving, beautiful little lady. Loved by everyone that has had the chance to meet her. Big brown eyes that could tell no lies. Big bright smile that’ll heal any frown. She is everything to us," her father wrote in a GoFundMe campaign

The campaign aims to raise money to "buy her anything she needs to be comfortable." As of 9 p.m. Monday, the fundraiser had generated just shy of $2,500. 

Ottoson-Smith is in an ICU room next to 10-year-old Ladavionne Garret, Jr., according to FOX 9. Garret was struck in the head by a bullet while riding in a vehicle in north Minneapolis on April 30. 

Prayer vigils for both children are being held daily at 6 p.m. outside North Memorial. 

Another child was shot during an incident in Minneapolis on Monday night, with family saying the 6-year-old girl was struck in the head by a bullet on Monday night. She was one of two people shot during the incident, according to police, and both victims are in critical condition. 

According to the Star Tribune, the child shot Monday night is the 21st child to have been shot so far this year, which is about twice as many as this time in 2020. 

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