$180,000 reward and billboard campaign part of effort to solve shootings of 3 children

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) announced the reward Monday, as well as a billboard campaign about it.

Trinity Rayne Ottoson-Smith, 9, was shot while jumping on a trampoline and Aniya Allen, 6, was shot in the head while eating McDonald’s in the back seat of her family’s car. Ten-year-old LaDavionne Garrett Jr. is recovering after he was shot, his family said at a news conference Monday.

The three were shot in the span of several weeks from late April to mid-May.

“We are fully convinced that there are people who have information that can help us solve these senseless crimes that have taken place, which is why this award is being announced today,” said BCA Inspector Drew Evans.

The Minneapolis Police Department is investigating the cases.

“I want to make sure our city understands that our families need a sense of closure. They haven’t received that yet. As peace officers who have taken an oath to protect the most vulnerable in our communities, to protect our most precious resources, our children, we need to end this too,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

BCA Assistant Commissioner Booker Hodges spoke directly to the suspect or suspects.

“I know that pain. It’s got to hit you. I’m pretty sure you can’t sleep, you can’t eat. You’ve probably figured out by now that drugs and alcohol won’t ease that pain. That pain, it’s going to eat you like a cancer,” Hodges said. “The only way you can relieve that pain is by doing what you know is right, what we all know is right…and turning yourself in.”

Aniya’s grandfather KG Wilson said, “It’s time to make amends with God, these families and the community that cares about them, and to save someone else’s child, maybe even yours.”

CNN’s Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.

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