UPDATE: Police seeks public's help identifying New Hope bus shooting suspect, witness
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A man was shot in the leg Thursday night in New Hope, a Metropolitan Council official has confirmed and the police are asking the public's help to identify the suspect and witness.
According to police, a female suspect was seen handling the gun before and after the shooting. A male witness was also seen with the female suspect boarding and exiting the bus.
The shooting involved a First Transit bus around 9 p.m. on Thursday near the intersection of 42nd and Gettysburg avenues. The man was found shot in the leg on the bus and rushed to the hospital after law enforcement arrived on the scene.
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In an update Friday, the New Hope Police Department stated the passenger suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. he is continuing to receive treatment at North Memorial Health hospital, police said.
The shooting occurred on the vehicle and the bus driver was not injured, according to the Met Council.
Police said, "there is no known danger to the public."
The firearm, a sawed-off shotgun was recovered Saturday by police.
The female suspect is described to have dark hair and was wearing black pants with white lettering, blank sweatshirt and white shoes. As for the male witness, he was wearing a black Champion sweatshirt, blue jeans with brown and white Nike shoes.
If you have any information or can ID either individual, please contact New Hope Police Department Detective Tony Loser at email@example.com or 763-531-5170.
Police are investigating the incident with Metro Transit police and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit. Authorities said the bus was operated by First Transit, under contract with the Met Council.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article indicated a suspect was in custody. In an update Friday morning, New Hope police stated no one was in custody.