Woman shot four times in road rage incident on Hennepin

A woman was shot four times while driving on Hennepin Avenue near the Walker Art Center during rush hour Tuesday after she honked at a vehicle that had cut her car off, according to Minneapolis police.

The car pulled alongside her and a passenger shot her three times in the arm and once in the abdomen, police said. She sustained non-life threatening injuries.

A photo of the tan Jeep police say was involved in the road rage shooting. Photo courtesy of the MPD

The woman was driving southbound on Hennepin near Groveland Avenue around 5 p.m.

Police are asking the public’s help in finding the shooting suspect. The car is described as a lighter tan or beige four-door Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows. The victim said the suspects were black males in their 20s. The shooter had a black handgun and shoulder-length dreadlocks.

Anyone with information that can help police identify the suspects or suspect vehicle are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). People can also contact the MPD’s 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.

According to police crime statistics, there have been 65 shooting victims in Minneapolis to date this year compared to 34 the same period last year.

Police offer the following tips for dealing with road rage incidents:

— Find detailed recommendations at your car insurance company or at places like: go.usa.gov/ceJGGgoo.gl/FEuKpP,  goo.gl/utdsdd, or go.usa.gov/ceJA3
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— If the suspicious persons/vehicle leave, call 911 back and let them know.