6-year-old Aniya Allen death was confirmed to Wednesday afternoon outside Hennepin Healthcare in downtown Minneapolis.

Aniya was eating McDonald's in the back seat of her family's car on the 3500 block of Penn Ave. N. in north Minneapolis on Monday evening when shots rang out, and she was struck. Family rushed her to Hennepin Healthcare, where family confirms she died early Wednesday. 

Aniya is the granddaughter of renown peace worker KG Wilson. 

"I just went from sad to mad," said in a Facebook post. " I want to know is who did this?"

Calling it a homicide rather than a shooting, Wilson said. "You murdered our loved one. A six-year-old baby. Our precious little girl. You murdered her. I don’t’ know who you are. Where you are at. But I hope you’re watching this. I don’t know if you have any six-year-old brothers or sisters. I don’t want anybody to feel what we’re feeling right now. How can you live with yourself?"

"Turn yourself in,” Wilson demanded. “You killed a baby.”

He said, “If it was an accident, turn yourself in. Find it in your heart. You can’t be that heartless."

 "My family is hurting. I have done nothing but try to help families for many years," Wilson told a KARE 11 reporter. "And the person who shot my grandchild, if you’re watching this, if something had happened to you, I would have been there for you or your family. So if you can find it in your heart to turn yourself in, you could get forgiveness from me."

According to KARE 11 News, Aniya was the 20th child shot in Minneapolis so far in 2021, and the third in just a few weeks. Violent crime is up overall, nearly 10% from this time last year. Her fatal shooting follows three days of gun violence across Minneapolis that ended with six people injured and one man's death. One of the people injured on Saturday was a young girl playing on a trampoline with other children at a birthday party when she was shot by a person in a red four-door Ford, the news report said,

That child, 8-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith, suffered injuries so severe that Minneapolis police officers rushed her to the hospital via squad instead of waiting for an ambulance. 

Ten-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr., was sleeping in the back seat of his parents' vehicle near 34th and Morgan Ave. N when a bullet struck him in the head April 30. Community groups have held regular prayer vigils outside North Memorial hospital, where both Ladavionne and Trinity Ottoson-Smith reported in the same room.are being treated,

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On April 30 10 year old  Ladavionne Garrett Jr boy was in critical condition after a Friday afternoon shooting. Minneapolis police said he was shot while inside a vehicle near the 3400 block of Morgan Avenue North. They did not release the boy's name, but said he was in critical condition. A GoFundMe account set up to cover the family's medical expenses identifies the boy as 10-year-old. That fund now sits at more than $52,000.

On Saturday, community members gathered outside the hospital for a vigil. Friends and family prayed for the boy's health. More prayers are planned starting Saturday evening at the place where he was shot.

"(He) was asleep in the back seat, riding with his parents. Apparently, someone may have been following the family member and shots rang out," Jamar Nelson of the anti-violence group "A Mother's Love" said Friday. The group responded to comfort the family at the hospital. 

"It's incredibly traumatic," Nelson said. "Triggering. We can't normalize this. This violence can't be normalized."

 — The Minneapolis Police Department says a juvenile male is in "very critical condition" after he was shot within a vehicle near the 3400 block of Morgan Avenue North around 2 p.m. on Friday.

In the interest of privacy, police are not at this time divulging the identity of the victim, however KARE 11's Danny Spewak spoke with the family who mentioned the boy was only ten years old - and was shot while sleeping.  

"Was asleep in the back seat, riding with his parents. Apparently, someone may have been following the family member and shots rang out," said Jamar Nelson of the anti-violence group "A Mother's Love," who responded to comfort the family at the hospital. "It's incredibly traumatic. Triggering. We can't normalize this. This violence can't be normalized."

KG Wilson, said, “You got 24 hours to turn yourself in!”

When families experience gun violence, KG is always there to pray with and console families, said  Lt. Richard Zimmerman, head of the Minneapolis Police Department Homicide Unit. He right now, KG needs support from the community.

Wilson demanded that shooters surrender to police. The street gunfight resulted in his 6-year old granddaughter Aniya Allen being shot in the head as she sat in the back seat of the family car. The car just was returning home on Penn Avenue North, after a stop at McDonalds. Aniya was eating as the gunfire erupted. A bullet hit her in the head. Her mom drove her to North Memorial Hospital where she remained in a coma. She died Wednesday. Zimmerman said a half dozen detective are working to find out who killed the child.

When is it going to stop. When is it going to change Wilson said in a vigil at North Memorial

Trinity Smith, 9, another of the three children shot in Minneapolis in the last two weeks, remains hospitalized at North Memorial. She shot while on a trampoline at her home.

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Wilson spoke to reporters outside the hospital after his granddaughter's death.

"Now it became a homicide instead of a shooting," Wilson said. "You murdered our loved one. A six-year-old baby. Our precious little girl. You murdered her. I don’t’ know who you are. Where you are at. But I hope you’re watching this. I don’t know if you have any six-year-old brothers or sisters. I don’t want anybody to feel what we’re feeling right now. How can you live with yourself?"

Wilson also spoke with reporters a day earlier about the anger and hurt he feels after working for decades to end the cycle of violence on the north side, only to have his beloved Aniya become a victim. 

 "My family is hurting. I have done nothing but try to help families for many years," Wilson told KARE 11's Lou Raguse. "And the person who shot my grandchild, if you’re watching this, if something had happened to you, I would have been there for you or your family. So if you can find it in your heart to turn yourself in, you could get forgiveness from me."

Aniya was the 20th child shot in Minneapolis so far in 2021, and the third in just a few weeks. Violent crime is up overall, nearly 10% from this time last year. Her fatal shooting follows three days of gun violence across Minneapolis that ended with six people injured and one man's death. One of the people injured on Saturday was a young girl playing on a trampoline with other children at a birthday party when she was shot by a person in a red four-door Ford.

That child, identified as 8-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith, suffered injuries so severe that Minneapolis police officers rushed her to the hospital via squad instead of waiting for an ambulance. 

The first child shot in the recent spike in violence was 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr., who was sleeping in the back seat of his parents' vehicle near 34th and Morgan Ave. N when a bullet struck him in the head April 30. Community groups have held regular prayer vigils outside North Memorial hospital, where both Ladavionne and Trinity Ottoson-Smith are being treated.

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