An 11-year-old pre-teen who previously was featured in a video praying for an end to gun violence has passed away after she was shot in Madison, Wisconsin.
Anisa Scott was riding in a car this past Tuesday morning when she was struck in the crossfire of a shooting between two vehicles, according to the Madison Police Department.
Police say the child was then taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries in an incident report. Authorities believe the driver of the vehicle carrying Anisa was the intended target.
Anisa, who had been shot in the head and placed medically induced coma, was taken off life support on Thursday, becoming the 10th person in Madison to die from a homicide this year WMTV reported.
In the midst of her death, the anti-gun violence video that Anisa starred in four years ago has received over 30,000 views, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
“I just want to go outside and play, like a 7-year-old is supposed to do. I don’t want to die,” she says in the video, which was filmed by Rafael Ragland, the father of Anisa’s 5-year-old half-sister Anija. “They won’t stop killing. They won’t stop it. God, can you make it better?”
Local filmmaker Ragland shared with the outlet that he caught the moment after Anisa came back from a trip to Chicago and learned about gun violence in the city. He said Anisa “believed God could fix it” and decided to pray in her bedroom, which he then filmed.
“I’m so confused honestly because the same thing she was praying about, praying that it doesn’t happen to her, then it turns around and happens to her,” Ragland said. “It just devastates me.”
The two male suspects were identified as Andre P. Brown, 16, and Perion R. Carreon, 19, and have since been arrested on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide, according to Madison Police Department.
On Friday, Brown was arrested and Carreon was taken into police custody on Wednesday for an unrelated crime, according to authorities. At the time of his arrest, Carreon was driving a stolen car and had a loaded handgun in his waistband.
And despite being under 18, adult court has original jurisdiction over Brown due to the severity of the crime, police said. Both teens are being held at the Dane County Jail. The investigation is ongoing and the Madison Police Department said in a statement that its Violent Crimes Unit “cannot rule out the possibility of additional arrests.”
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway tweeted about the fatal shooting on Monday, writing, “We mourn the tragic loss of Anisa Scott, and work together to stem gun violence. This has to stop.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.