Man critically injured in fifth metro shooting this week

Updated: 6:35 p.m. | Posted: 5:10 p.m.

Minneapolis police are looking for a suspect involved in a shooting that sent a man to the hospital with critical injuries Thursday.

Police responded to the 2700 block of Lyndale Avenue North just before 2 p.m. to find the man injured in a parked car. Three others were in the vehicle including an infant. None of them were hurt.

Police say the suspect fled north on Lyndale Avenue and investigators are still canvassing the area for information. The victim was transported to North Memorial Hospital.

Thursday's shooting was the third in Minneapolis this week and the fifth in a series of shootings that either killed or injured victims across the Twin Cities metro.

"We had a shooting last night that ended up in a homicide and we had a homicide the previous evening," Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said. "We're seeing a slight uptick over the last couple of days and we are adjusting patrol strategies to cover hot spots and pushing in community engagement."

Minneapolis Police Chief JaneƩ Harteau said in a statement that she is concerned about the recent violence.

"The common denominator in many of the homicides this year, including the two most recent homicides and this evening's shooting in Minneapolis, is that people are using guns in the heat of the moment to settle their personal disputes, making it virtually impossible for police to predict or prevent these acts," she said.

Deadly gunfire also erupted on St. Paul's east side Wednesday night during a vigil to mark the anniversary of a woman's slaying in 2012. Police say 37-year-old Synika George James was killed.

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