Minneapolis police are investigating an overnight shooting Monday in south Minneapolis that left a young woman gravely wounded.
About 11:20 p.m., officers responded to the 3800 block of S. Cedar Avenue, where they found a woman with a gunshot wound inside a bullet-riddled car that had crashed into a tree, according to emergency radio transmissions. The woman was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where she was in grave condition early Tuesday morning, police said.
Police learned that the woman and a man had been driving down Cedar when they apparently became involved in a rolling gun battle with another vehicle. Someone from the other vehicle fired into the car the woman was in, striking her and causing the car to veer off the road and slam into a tree, officials said.
The suspect or suspects were gone before officers arrived.
A neighbor told police that he called 911 after hearing “pop, pop, pop” coming from somewhere near his house, though he wasn’t immediately sure whether the sound was gunshots or fireworks. He counted 10 pops in all. Moments later, he saw Suburban SUV speeding down an alley before turning onto E. 38th Street, after which point it blew through a red light, he said.
Police haven’t offered a description of the suspect vehicle, nor said whether the shooting was related to any other recent gunfire incidents in the area.
No arrests were immediately announced.
The shooting followed a similar incident the week before, in which a woman was shot while standing near the entrance of a convenience store in the area of Chicago Avenue and E. 38th St. Officials say the woman was struck while standing next to a male companion who they believe was the shooter’s intended target.