Prayer vigil organized for a seriously injured 9-year-old girl
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Dozens of people gathered outside a Robbinsdale hospital on 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 gunned down on Saturday night while bouncing on a trampoline in the Jordan neighborhood, the Star Tribune reported.
The gunman was in a red four-door Ford vehicle that pulled away after shooting at a residence, police said.
“She didn’t deserve it. She was doing what innocent children 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, Ladavionne Garrett Jr., 10, was shot dead while driving in a vehicle in Minneapolis. Garrett remains in critical condition at the North Memorial.
The shooting took place 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 stones and other debris at police or sprayed a sledgehammer as officers were called to disperse a crowd around 1 a.m. on Sunday, Elder said. Two officers were taken to HCMC for treatment.
Then, around 2 a.m., fighting broke out in the city center when the bar closed. Some of the bar patrons got into a fight with the police, sending an officer and two civilians to the hospital.