Family says 11-year-old girl shot in head in Madison will be taken off life support

Family and friends of 11-year-old Anisa Scott, who was shot in the head while in a car on Madison’s east side Tuesday, will be taken off life support on Thursday, at 11:11 a.m.
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 6:39 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Family members of 11-year-old Anisa Scott, who was shot in the head while in a car on Madison’s east side Tuesday, said the little girl will be removed from life support on Thursday, at 11:11 a.m.

Family, friends and members of the community gathered outside the American Family Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, to announce the sad update. Anisa’s grandmother, Loren Gomez, through tears spoke about Anisa’s bright future as a student, athlete and granddaughter.

“As a family decision, we want to let you all know we thank you for your love, your support, outpouring of blessings,” said Anisa’s grandmother.

She continued: “We need to end the gang violence,” she said. “We lost a precious child because of it.”

The family says they picked 11:11 a.m. on Thursday because she was injured on Aug. 11, and she was 11 years old.

The CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Michael Johnson, and Dane County Circuit Court Judge and pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church, Everett Mitchell, also attended.

“This is a reminder to hold your babies tonight, hold your children tight,” said Mitchell. “No parent should have to have the anguish of this moment.”

Anisa’s great-grandmother told NBC15 on Tuesday that Anisa had pulled through her surgery, and had been placed in a medically-induced coma.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain told NBC15 News Wednesday evening that Anisa is in ”very, very critical” condition and that she is “clinging to life.” The spokesperson added that investigators “are committed to solving this case as quickly as possible.”

Authorities have not identified the victim.

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As NBC15 News reported, Madison police believe suspects intended to shoot the driver of the vehicle Anisa was in. It is not clear what the relationship is between Anisa and the driver at this time.

The shooting happened around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday as people in two vehicles started firing at each other as they headed down East Washington Avenue. Investigators believe Anisa was hit near the Lexington Avenue intersection.

No suspects have been identified at this time.

An organizer on Facebook has created a fundraiser for Anisa’s family, writing that they are friends of the victim’s family and that they want to raise money to support them during this difficult time.

MPD responded to another incident, a shots fired call involving two vehicles, earlier Tuesday morning. Investigators are working to find out if the incidents are connected.

Regarding the shooting, MPD officers have found multiple locations where the exchanges occurred. They say all of them were likely connected to this shooting. In one case, bullets struck a home and another vehicle that was not involved the in the shooting.

MPD’s Violent Crime Unit has taken over the investigation.

Also on Wednesday, Madison leaders and members of the community came out to Penn Park with a message: ‘stop the violence.’

“Our children are still out here with no guidance, nowhere to go, nothing to do, no jobs, no hope, so that results in violence and crimes,” Shyelle Schmidt, lead organizer with Black Umbrella Global, said.

City and community leaders pointed to a ripple effect.

“We’ve had commissions to study race in this city, you get a blue-ribbon committee together and then it goes on the shelf, and it’s costing people their lives!” James Morgan, peer specialist with Madison Urban Ministries, said.

“It’s not going to take one person, two organizations, government, we’re going to have to come as a whole in Madison to connect the dots and figure out what the issue is so that we can get a wrap on it,” Madison community member Mattie Reese said during the event.

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