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Man shot during Columbia Heights carjacking Tuesday morning

Carjackings have become a major problem in the Twin Cities.

A man in Columbia Heights was shot and had his vehicle stolen in a carjacking early Tuesday morning. 

According to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, the victim told police he was shot after his vehicle was stolen on 4000 block of Washington Street Northeast around 1:12 a.m. 

That's the area where officers from the Columbia Heights and Fridley police departments responded after hearing gunshots and a vehicle speeding away, arriving at the scene to find the victim, who was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was in stable condition. 

No arrests have been made and an investigation is being led by the Columbia Heights Police Department and the Anoka County Sheriff's Office. 

Carjacking crimes have skyrocketed in the Twin Cities in the past year, with the Minneapolis Police Department using a State Patrol helicopter to monitor areas of the city, including for three days last week. 

"The helicopter was part of a coordinated, targeted, and multi-jurisdictional operation with the City, Hennepin County, and State to crackdown on carjackings, which increased 301% last year, and other violent crimes," MPD said Sunday. 

In December, a similar police operation that utilized a helicopter resulted in 41 felony-level arrests and the recovery of seven stolen vehicles. 

The December operation happened in the area where 355 carjackings took place in 2020, with suspects typically approaching drivers, starting a conversation, and then stealing purses, cellphones, wallets and vehicles, sometimes at gunpoint, police said. 

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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