She was riding her scooter, until she got caught in the middle of a shootout: cops

drugfight leads to crash woman getting hit while riding scotter on sidewalk
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Oct. 21 2021, Published 12:26 p.m. ET

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A woman riding her scooter in Minneapolis got caught in the middle of a shootout and died when a SUV crashed into her vehicle, police said.

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Around 11 p.m. on Oct. 6, police said they heard gunfire followed by a large crash in downtown Minneapolis.

Officials said they found two vehicles, a Range Rover and a Durango, had crashed.

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Police found 18-year-old Autumn Merrick, who was hit by the Durango as she was riding a scooter on the sidewalk while on her way home, according to authorities.

A witness was with Merrick and they told police they were riding in that area when the Durango came speeding at them, hitting Merrick and pushing her into a building, FOX 9 reported.


Officials checked out surveillance video and saw the Range Rover, driven by 33-year-old Christopher Walker, was chasing the Durango through Minneapolis. During the chase, both vehicles were firing gunshots at each other.

Police searched the vehicles and found a jammed but loaded handgun in the Durango, as well as two other handguns near the Range Rover. There was a gun magazine, as well as another small handgun inside the Range River, according to Fox 9.

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Police said they found bullet holes in the Durango, as well as several cartridge casings along the street and a nearby hotel was struck by gunfire.

Walker was not supposed to be in possession of a gun due to a previous conviction, police said.

In addition to the weapons charge, Walker faces two counts of murder, authorities said. He has not been arrested.


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