Suspect arrested in connection with killing of 9-year-old in Minneapolis last spring

(KSTP) – A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the killing of 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith last spring in north Minneapolis, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced Wednesday.

Ottoson-Smith was shot on May 15 while she was playing on a trampoline in the backyard of her friend’s home on North Ilion Avenue. Police say the suspect was driving down the alley and fired at a home, hitting the girl. She died less than two weeks later.

Investigators with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said the victim was the unintended target of a gang-related drive-by shooting, according to Freeman.

The D’Pree Shareef Robinson, 19, is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder and was taken into custody around noon Wednesday at his home in Minneapolis.

“As we said during the Spotlight on Crime news conference last August, families deserve to know who did this to their children.” BCA Superintendent Drew Evans said in a statement. “We have worked diligently to achieve justice for Trinity and her family. This is the first step toward achieving that justice.”

The suspect is due to appear in court later this week, the BCA said.