Search for two men wanted in Beltrami County shooting

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 8:43 PM CDT
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BEMIDJI, Minn. (Valley News Live) - Bemidji police are still searching for two men involved in an accident and shooting on May 12th.

Deputies responded to the area of the 600 block of 23rd Avenue NW after witnesses reported hearing several gun shots, as well as seeing a white vehicle crashing into, and breaking down, a power pole. The witnesses said two males, one wearing a red shirt and the other wearing black clothing, ran off carrying a handgun.

Bemidji police say the incident appears to have begun with a verbal exchange between the driver of the white BMW and two men who were walking along the north side of 23rd Street NW. The driver said the men shot at his vehicle and he attempted to escape the area, eventually striking a utility pole.

The victim described the two men as Native American males, short in stature, with one wearing a red sweatshirt and red sweatpants and the other wearing all black clothing. The suspects ran southbound towards Irvine Avenue.

Police say approximately 21 shots were fired at the vehicle, striking it and a nearby business.

Detectives are continuing to work this case and canvass the neighborhood looking for any video of the incident.

If you have information about these crimes you can report it and stay anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers of Minnesota at their website, by calling the toll free phone number 1-800-222-TIPS [8477]; or by using the P3 Tip Submit app installable on all smartphones. All contact with Crime Stoppers is anonymous and you may qualify for a reward of up to $1,000. The Bemidji Police Department encourages you to submit information to Crime Stoppers so you are free of retribution and remain safe while ‘doing the right thing’.

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