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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 09, 2021
Reward Offered in Shooting of Three Children in Minneapolis
Spotlight on Crime and Crime Stoppers offer combined $180,000 reward – a record amount

​​​​​​​​ST. PAUL – Spotlight on Crime and Crime Stoppers are offering rewards totaling up to $180,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the shootings of 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr., 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith and 6-year-old Aniya Allen in Minneapolis.

Spotlight on Crime is offering a reward of up to $150,000. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $30,000. Investigators hope the combined reward encourages someone to come forward with information. The reward amount is the largest Spotlight on Crime reward ever offered in Minnesota.

About the cases:

Ladavionne Garrett Jr.: Critically wounded April 30, 2021 
Ten-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr. was shot and severely wounded while riding in a vehicle in the 3400 block of N. Morgan Avenue. Ladavionne remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Trinity Ottoson-Smith: Fatally wounded May 15, 2021 
Nine-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith was shot in the head while jumping on a trampoline at a home in the 2200 block of N. Ilona Avenue. Paramedics immediately provided medical care and she was transported to North Memorial Hospital. She died 12 days later of her injuries.

Aniya Allen: Critically wounded May 17, 2021 
Six-year-old Aniya Allen was shot while riding in her mother's car at the intersection of N. 36th and Penn avenues. The two had just left McDonald's and were on their way home when Aniya was shot by stray gunfire. Aniya was taken to North Memorial Hospital where she died two days later.​

The surge in violent crime in Minneapolis is continuing at a time when the city's public safety resources are stretched thin. Each of these ​cases was the result of gun violence allegedly among rival gangs and these three children were the unintended targets.

The Minneapolis Police Department and Minnesota BCA hope the financial reward offered by Spotlight on Crime will motivate someone with information about the shootings to come forward with any information leading to the prosecution of the persons responsible for these heinous crimes.

Anyone with information related to these case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at crimesto​ppersmn.org or the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at 877-996-6222 or bca.tips@state.mn.us.​​

About Spotlight on Crime 
Spotlight on Crime is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization fund established by Minnesota businesses in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and state and local law enforcement officials. Donations to the fund, which may come from any individual, corporation, foundation or other source, are made available as cash rewards to help solve violent crimes. More information available online at spotlightoncrime.org

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