Bullet goes through ambulance windshield, paramedic hurt

The ambulance was en route to another call when it was struck by a bullet.

A paramedic was hurt after being struck with shards of glass when a bullet pierced an ambulance windshield Monday morning.

The incident, confirmed by the Hennepin EMS, happened at 1:39 a.m. in the Lyndale/Groveland Avenue South area just southwest of downtown Minneapolis.

The ambulance was responding to another call when several gunshots were heard in the area, before a bullet struck the windshield and went inside the vehicle.

There was no patient in the ambulance at the time, but one paramedic received minor injuries after being hit by glass from the windshield.

He was checked over at Hennepin County Medical Center and has since returned to full duty.

The incident is now under investigation by Minneapolis police and was described by Hennepin EMS as "deplorable," though it notes that its staff and ambulance don't appear to be the intended target.

"To all of our colleagues in public safety, stay safe out there!" it added on Facebook.

It's not the first recent incident of emergency vehicles being struck by bullets.

Last year, a fire engine was caught in crossfire in south Minneapolis as it passed 28th Street and Bloomington Avenue South, with three firefighters in the vehicle at the time, the Star Tribune reported.

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