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Suspects, possibly armed, flee after gunshots and car crash in Bemidji

The evening incident left bullet holes in a vehicle and nearby buildings.

Bemidji police are searching for at least two suspects after a dramatic scene unfolded in the city Wednesday evening.

A witness reported hearing "several" gunshots, and seeing a white vehicle crash into a phone pole around 6 p.m., according to the Bemidji Police Department. It happened on the 600 block of 23rd Avenue Northwest, and the witness noted two males – one wearing red, the other black – fled south after the wreck. The witness also spotted them carrying a handgun.

Officers arrived to the scene, and two witnesses said the men may have gotten into a silver Nissan, wit black rims and tinted windows. 

While nobody appears to have been injured, police made note of the damage done: bullet holes in buildings and a nearby vehicle, as well as a broken utility pole. 

While police don't believe the public is in danger, calling it an "isolated incident," they're asking for anyone with information to help them find those responsible.

"As officers and detectives continue to work this very active case we ask that anyone with information contact law enforcement immediately. Do not approach the individuals as [they] may be armed and dangerous," the police department said. 

Tips can be submitted via www.CrimeStoppersMn.org, by calling 1-800-222-TIPS [8477], or by using the P3 Tip Submit app. Tips submitted thought Crime Stoppers are anonymous, and submitters may qualify for a $1,000 reward.

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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