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With tips 'lagging,' Minneapolis police appeal for more information in shooting of Ladavionne Garrett Jr.

Ladavionne Garrett Jr. has been in critical condition since being shot two months ago.
Ladavionne Garrett Jr.

Ladavionne Garrett Jr.

It's been two months since 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr. was shot in the head while riding in a car in north Minneapolis. The boy is still hospitalized and remains in critical condition.

But no arrests have been made.

On Sunday, the Minneapolis Police Department renewed its appeal for information from the public, with spokesperson John Elder noting tips in the case are "lagging."

Elder appeared alongside the boy's grandmother, Sharrie Jennings, who noted that come June 30, it will be 60 days since Garrett was shot.

"We don't have any answers," she said. "We don't know who did it, we don't know why they did it. All we know is, we have a 10-year-old little boy with a bullet in his head that's fighting for his life."

Garrett was riding in a car with his parents on the 3400 block of Morgan Avenue North when a shooter (or shooters) from outside the vehicle fired shots. He was struck in the head, taken to the hospital in grave condition and rushed into brain surgery.

Aniya Allen

Aniya Allen

Trinity Ottoson-Smith.

Trinity Ottoson-Smith.

He was one of three children shot in Minneapolis in a span of just a few weeks. Aniya Allen, 6, was hit by a bullet while in the car with her mom on May 17, and died shortly after. Trinity Ottoson-Smith, 9, died May 27 after being shot by a stray bullet while jumping on a trampoline.

Elder said the police department has received "a number of tips" in the cases of Allen and Smith (though nobody has been charged in either girl's death), but MPD is "lacking in tips" related to Garrett's shooting.

"A tip can break a case wide open," Elder said.

A reward for information in all three cases now totals at least $35,000, with businesses continuing to contribute and raise the total dollar amount, he said. 

Jennings, who said her family has been in "tremendous pain" since Garrett was shot, pleaded with community members who know something to come forward.

"Minneapolis, I'm begging you guys, speak up. Say something. For all three of these babies," she said, not just her grandson. "None of these kids deserve this. They had bullets to their head. How are you all so comfortable with not speaking up, saying something? ... Somebody knows something."

Anyone can submit a tip anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or submitting information through www.CrimeStoppersMN.org.

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