Girl killed by stray bullet while jumping on trampoline

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A little girl struck by a stray bullet while jumping on the trampoline has died after a 12-day fight for life. 

Trinity Ottoson-Smith was struck in the head while at a friend's birthday party in Minneapolis, in the US state of Minnesota, on May 15, Fox News reported. 

The shooter fled the scene, police said at the time, and is understood to still be on the run. 

The nine-year-old had been receiving treatment for her critical injuries in hospital but on Thursday (local time) succumbed to her injuries. 

Trinity Ottoson-Smith has died 12 days after being shot in the head. Source: GoFundMe
Trinity Ottoson-Smith has died 12 days after being shot in the head. Source: GoFundMe

"For the last 12 days she fought for her life and today that fight ended," Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said.

"At 4.04pm she was pronounced deceased at the hospital."

A GoFundMe page was established by Trinity's mum three days after the shooting. 

She described her daughter as a "beautiful, compassionate, kind and loving" child. 

"She did not deserve this. She has plans to change the world. She wants to be a teacher. She loves making TikToks, doing art, doing makeup, playing Roblox with her friends, playing with her siblings, going on adventures, riding her bike, playing soft ball and basketball and doing gymnastics," the page read.

The nine-year-old was treated for critical injuries but could not be saved. Source: Facebook
The nine-year-old was treated for critical injuries but could not be saved. Source: Facebook

"She has been my shadow. Everyone who knows Trinity loves her. We need all of the support, help and prayers that we can get."

More than A$50,000 has been raised since the creation of the fundraiser. 

Trinity was one of three children shot in the head in the area in just weeks, with police launching a public campaign in search of answers. 

A A$39,000 reward was being offered for information that led to arrests connected to the shootings. 

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