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Gunman fatally shoots driver on Hwy. 169 in Plymouth after 'traffic altercation'

Police are searching for the driver of a light-colored SUV.
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Police are looking for a gunman who opened fire on a vehicle on Highway 169 in Plymouth, killing a motorist.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday south of Rockford Road, where shots were fired from one vehicle that was alongside another as they both traveled southbound on the highway.

Police Chief Erik Fadden at a news conference Wednesday afternoon said investigators believe there may have been some sort of "traffic altercation" prior to the shooting, based on video evidence. 

"This was one of the most tragic events I've witnessed in my 20 years of policing," Fadden said, calling it a "truly senseless act."

Fadden said investigators believe the shooting happened on the highway. After the driver was shot, they lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the west side of the highway, through trees and a fence, crashing into an apartment complex parking lot. 

The driver was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where they later died, police said. The medical examiner will identify the driver at a later time.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the shooter, who they say was in a light-colored SUV, possibly a "Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban or similar vehicle," according to Plymouth Police Department. The vehicle may also have damage to the driver's side rear bumper.

"I'm confident someone has relevant information in this case," Fadden said, noting they'd like to speak to people who were driving in the area at the time. 

Anyone with information should call Captain Michael Reed at 763-509-5178.

Police have not released many details about the case, including whether the shooter was driving, citing the ongoing investigation. However, they do plan to release more video and/or better-quality photos as investigators continue to review evidence. 

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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