2 charged with homicide in killing of 11 yo Anisa Scott

Prosecutors charged two people with first degree intentional homicide in the death of 11-year-old Anisa Scott, who was fatally shot in the head while riding in a car last Tuesday.
Published: Aug. 18, 2020 at 2:06 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Prosecutors charged two people with first degree intentional homicide in the death of 11-year-old Anisa Scott, who was fatally shot in the head while riding in a car last Tuesday.

Attorneys with Dane County Circuit Court charged both 19-year-old Perion Carreon and 16-year-old Andre Brown, both of Madison, with first degree intentional homicide as well as attempted first degree intentional homicide, for allegedly targeting the driver of the vehicle Anisa was in at the time.

Cash bail for Brown was set at $1.5 million, and $2 million for Carreon. Carreon is also facing charges in cases unrelated to Anisa’s killing.

19-year-old Perion Carreon and 16-year-old Andre Brown
19-year-old Perion Carreon and 16-year-old Andre Brown(Dane Co. Sheriff's Office)

According to a criminal complaint obtained Tuesday, Madison police officers were called to the area of Lexington Avenue and Powers Avenue just before noon on Aug. 11, where there were reports of people in vehicles shooting at each other.

There they found Anisa in a front passenger seat of a shot-up car, suffering from a severe gunshot wound to the head. Officers then helped bring her to the children’s hospital. Police say she was unconscious at the time.

The driver of the car, identified as Christopher Carthans, told officers that Anisa was his girlfriend’s daughter. The man continued to say that he had been driving on East Washington Avenue when he heard glass breaking, and realized someone was shooting at the vehicle.

He immediately pulled over and called 911 after seeing Anisa was injured.

The man believed that another vehicle, later identified as a Kia Optima, had driven nearby with the front seat passenger firing a gun through the front passenger side window, according to the complaint.

Using city and state traffic cameras, police concluded that seven to eight shots were fired from the Kia Optima. It also appeared that front seat passenger was wearing a “white hooded short,” the complaint states.

Other surveillance later showed a person identified as Carreon exit the driver’s seat of the the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Police then talked to Carreon, who was being held at Dane County Jail. He admitted he had been driving the Kia Optima at the time of the shooting. He claimed, falsely according to police, that he was told to “get on” the car Anisa was in, when other people in the Optima opened fire. He added that everyone in the car was armed with guns.

Carreon added that he was ordered to turn the car again, so that the gunmen could open fire a second time.

In a second interview, Carreon admitted to police he at first lied, and that Andre Brown had been in the car and was the first to open fire at the vehicle Anisa was in. Carreon and someone else - who he said he did not know - then fired their guns, according to the complaint.

The next day, officers tracked down Andre Brown, known as “Dre.” A source told police that Brown had said to several people, “what we did on East Washington already made the news” and admitted to shooting someone on East Washington Avenue, according to the complaint.

A surveillance camera at an apartment complex later recorded Brown entering the Optima’s front passenger seat, holding a object on a cord, according to the complaint. Police say he was wearing a two-toned hooded shirt with black on the bottom and lighter colored half on the top.

Anisa Scott
Anisa Scott(Boys and Girls Club of Dane Co.)

As NBC15 News previously reported, Carreon was taken into custody last Wednesday night for an unrelated crime, Acting Chief Vic Wahl explained in a press conference last week, while Brown was arrested last Friday morning. Although he is under 18, Brown’s charges would automatically start in adult court due to the severity of the crime, the chief continued.

Carreon reportedly had a loaded handgun in his waistband when he was arrested, according to a police report.

Additionally, MPD confirmed with NBC15 in a Friday night call that Carreon was involved in a July shots-fired incident on Jackson Street and a June robbery of a 51-year-old woman in the 200 block of North Thompson Drive.

MPD’s Violent crime unit is still investigating the shooting and say more arrests may be coming.

Anisa suffered a serious head injury in the shooting, which happened Aug. 11 along East Washington Avenue near Lexington Ave. She was taken into surgery before being placed in a medically-induced coma that day. On Aug. 12, her family said the 11-year-old girl would be taken off life support at 11:11 a.m. the next morning.

Police have said that Anisa was likely not the intended target, and that suspects had been shooting at the driver.

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