Sources: Uber driver saved woman found shot, bleeding on dirt road near Stillwater

June 10, 2019 10:59 PM

Sources told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS an Uber driver found a woman who was bleeding from a gunshot wound and was left to die on a dirt road in May Township.

The BCA is now assisting the Washington County Sheriff's Office in the attempted murder case and the unidentified woman, from St. Paul, is listed in critical condition at a metro hospital.


Sources told KSTP the woman was found on the north end of Arcola Trail, along Highway 95 and about five miles north of Stillwater, at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday by an Uber driver who had just dropped off a client a few hundred yards from the location of the shooting.

Sources also told KSTP there were multiple gunshots fired, and it's unclear if the incident is a random attack or if the woman knew the suspect.

Investigators are working on a theory the woman was transported, most likely against her will, by the suspect to the rural spot and was shot outside of any vehicle they might have been riding in, possibly as she was trying to get away from the shooter, sources said.

No one is yet in custody for the shooting, and people like Kara Salomonsen told KSTP the neighborhood is a little on edge knowing the suspect is still on the loose.

"It is scary and unnerving," said Salomonsen. "I mean, I have two kids and I know we are not leaving them home like they usually are for a couple hours at a time because it is a little creepy."

Salomonsen said she was walking her dog early Sunday morning when she cut through a wooded area and emerged onto Arcola Trail only to find herself in the middle of a crime scene.

"I think the officers who were investigating it were as surprised as me," said Salomonsen. "They yelled to get my dog out of the area because it was an active crime scene and so we left quickly and headed home."

Most neighbors on Arcola Trail declined to talk with KSTP because the suspected shooter was not in custody, and one neighbor said he gave the BCA his security video from cameras set up on his property line along Arcola Trail, hoping it would show the suspect's car.

Investigators hope to talk with the Uber driver who found the woman and likely saved her life when he made the initial call to investigators after finding her lying in the road.

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