Additional updates to Wednesday’s shooting in Bemidji

The shooting and car crash Wednesday evening in Bemidji appears to have stemmed from a verbal disagreement.

The driver of a white BMW was on 23rd St. NW around 6 p.m., while the two male suspects were walking along the north side of the street.

The driver, who is believed to be the victim, told police that the two men began to fire shots at his vehicle, and he subsequently crashed into a utility pole while attempting to escape.

The two suspects were described as shorter Native American males, one wearing all red and the other wearing all black.

The suspects reportedly ran south towards Irvine Ave. NW.

Law enforcement officials have been speaking with numerous witnesses and have determined that 21 shots were fired at the vehicle, striking numerous points on the car and a nearby business.

Detectives are canvassing the neighborhood looking for any video of the incident.

Anyone with information can submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Minnesota and possibly qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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