By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis police say gunfire preceded a deadly crash Thursday afternoon in the Hawthorne neighborhood.

Officers were called to the 2200 block of Aldrich Avenue North just before 3 p.m., where they found someone “gravely injured” inside a car that had struck a tree. He later died at HCMC. A passenger was still at the scene and spoke with police.

Detectives believe the occupants of two cars were involved in a skirmish while traveling north on Aldrich Avenue North. Gunshots rang out, and one of the cars went off the road and struck a tree. The other car involved fled northbound.

Anyone with information on this deadly crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or submit a tip online at Tipsters can remain anonymous.