On Tuesday April 5, 2016, at approximately 5 pm in the middle of rush hour traffic, a woman reported that while she was driving her vehicle southbound on Hennepin Av S and passing the area of Groveland Ave, another vehicle cut her off. She honked at this vehicle. The driver of that vehicle pulled alongside her and an occupant of that vehicle shot a gun into her vehicle.
She was shot four times, three times in the arm and once in the abdomen. They are non-life threatening injuries. This is an apparent road rage incident.
The vehicle is described as a lighter tan or beige four-door Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows. It was driving southbound at the time. This vehicle was occupied by two suspects, both described as African-American males in their 20’s. The passenger suspect used a black handgun to shoot at the victim and was described as having shoulder-length black dreadlocks.
If you have any information on this case, including any information that can help identify the suspects or suspect vehicle, please call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a financial reward.
You can also contact our Tips Line at (612) 692-8477, or use the free MPD Tip 411 app, or text MPD + your tip to 847411 (Tip 411). MPD Tip 411 is anonymous. You can reference case number 16-118480.
Please note: this intersection is heavily traveled during rush hour and has started road construction which includes closures of lanes. This will continue through the rest of the year. Please be careful on any roads with congested traffic, and be aware of road rage incidents that may occur around you.
What you can do:
• Aggressive driving/road rage prevention: for your safety, don’t offend and don’t engage.
• Find detailed recommendations at your car insurance company or at places like: go.usa.gov/ceJGG, goo.gl/FEuKpP, goo.gl/utdsdd, or go.usa.gov/ceJA3(links to various articles/lists)
• Trust your instincts: if something feels off, there is a reason for it.
• Call 911 on suspicious activity at the time you see it. This includes helping others by calling 911 if you witness a crime or someone possibly in trouble.
o When calling 911, describe the suspect so officers know who to look for upon arrival. If the situation changes (such as an escalation or suspects leave), call 911 back.
o If a vehicle is involved, if at all possible provide the license plate. If that is not possible, try to describe the vehicle, including anything that makes the vehicle stand out.
o If the suspicious persons/vehicle leave, call 911 back and let them know.
o More 911 information: