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Woman Honks in Frustration After Another Driver Cuts Her Off During Rush Hour. Then Four Gun Shots Ring Out.

"Stop the violence. Put the guns down, put the knives down."

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Minneapolis Police officers are looking for a gunman who shot a 39-year-old woman four times during rush hour on Tuesday evening in an event that has been dubbed an extreme road rage incident.

The shocking situation began around 5 p.m. on Tuesday during peak rush hour traffic when the woman was driving southbound in a construction zone on Hennepin Avenue, according to KARE-TV.

When a tan-colored Jeep Grand Cherokee with tinted windows suddenly cut her off, she honked her horn in frustration. Then, the Jeep allegedly pulled up alongside her vehicle, and a man in the passenger seat whipped out a black handgun before firing four rounds into her car.

All four of the shots struck the woman — three in her arm and one in her abdomen, according to NBC News. Nevertheless, she managed to maneuver her vehicle with its shattered windshield to a safe location at a nearby business where she then called 911.

She was taken to a nearby hospital where she is currently resting in stable condition.

"As everybody is aware, this is a heavily traveled area and we believe there are people out there who most likely witnessed this incident," said Minneapolis Police 5th Precinct Inspector Todd Loining, according to KARE. "We are asking folks to come forward and help us solve this case."

The woman has described her shooter and the driver in the Jeep as two black males in their 20's, according to KARE. The shooter had shoulder length dreadlocks.

"Stop the violence. Put the guns down, put the knives down. Let's find a way to resolve our differences," Loining said, adding that violence is never an acceptable response. "It's one thing to honk, it's one thing to have displeasure with another driver's behavior, but we never want to take it into the level where we're shooting a handgun at somebody."

Follow Kathryn Blackhurst (@kablackhurst) on Twitter

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