2 teens critically injured, 3 others hurt in south Minneapolis carjacking

A suspect initiated the dangerous crime around 2:15 p.m. Monday.
The girls were attempting to cross E. Lake St. when they were hit outside the bakery. 

The girls were attempting to cross E. Lake St. when they were hit outside the bakery. 

Two teenage girls were critically injured and three others were hurt during a carjacking in south Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. 

The incident began at 17th Ave. S. and E. 26th St. around 2:15 p.m., with an off-duty police officer in an unmarked squad car receiving a report of a person driving erratically in the area, according to Minneapolis PD. 

The officer drove in the direction of the call and came across a vehicle turned sideways on 17th Ave. S., having been struck by a driver who carjacked a SUV a few minutes earlier. 

As the officer continued down 17th Ave. S. he found the carjacked vehicle had crashed into a bakery on the corner of 17th Ave. S. and E. Lake St. The driver then turned around and rammed the front of the officer's squad car and fled down E. Lake St. before jumping a curb and crashing into a street light, causing the vehicle to burst into flames. 

Two teenage girls who were standing outside the bakery were hit by the vehicle and critically injured, and three others were injured during the incident, including one person inside Panaderia San Miguel bakery, who is in serious condition. 

KSTP released surveillance video that shows two girls about to walk across the street in a crosswalk when the vehicle comes out of nowhere at a high rate of speed. The video stops just before the girls are struck. 

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Even with the car on fire, the suspect didn't get out and tried to drive away. But police were able to force him out of the vehicle and take him to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment. 

“The suspect had zero regard for life, public safety or anything else,” Minneapolis Police spokesperson John Elder told the Star Tribune. "The fact that he was still trying to get away when the car was on fire is mind boggling."

The identities of the girls and other victims have not been released, and the suspect has yet to be formally charged. The bakery sustained major damage, according to police. 

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