Two women were recovering from gunshot wounds Saturday after being shot in unrelated incidents Friday night in north Minneapolis.
In the first incident, Minneapolis police were responding to the area of the 3100 block of Girard Avenue N. for a 7:53 p.m. report from the city’s ShotSpotter system when they received word of a car crash in the area.
Police later learned that a person in the car crash had been shot in the leg while inside the car before the crash, though it was not clear if the adult female victim was the driver or a passenger. The car was en route to North Memorial Health Hospital when the crash happened, Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said Saturday.
The victim told police “she was in a car, shots rang out, and she realized she was shot. The crash happened as they were trying to get to the hospital,” Elder said.
An hour and a half after the first shooting, Minneapolis police responded to a report of the sound of shots fired at 9:36 p.m. in the 200 block of W. Broadway, where they were unable to locate anyone involved with the shooting.
Police later learned a second woman went to North Memorial for a nonfatal gunshot wound to the wrist. Preliminary reports indicate that the victim was standing in the area, heard gunshots, realized she had been shot in the wrist, and had a friend drove her to the hospital, Elder said.
There’s no indication that the two shootings were connected. Investigations are ongoing, and no one was being held in custody as of Saturday afternoon. Elder declined to identify the victims, and said it’s too early to know any details about possible motives in the shootings.