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Bloomington Police: Carjackers target high horsepower vehicles

Bloomington Police are investigating a carjacking and shooting Sunday morning outside the Hy-Vee store.

Bloomington Police are issuing safety tips to prevent vehicle thefts after a reported carjacking and shooting outside a grocery store on Sunday.

Bloomington police officers were called at 8 a.m. to the parking lot outside Hy-Vee on North Veterans Parkway.

According to BPD, multiple masked suspects tried to steal a vehicle in the parking lot, but were interrupted by the vehicle’s owner. After a fight ensued, suspects fired multiple rounds in the direction of the vehicle owner and another person. The two people were struck by gunfire, but suffered only minor injuries, said BPD, and neither required hospitalization.

The would-be thieves then fled the scene and are being sought by police, who have have not provided any suspect information.

Bloomington Police said the vehicle the suspects tried to steal is one of several high horsepower models that have been targeted by thieves locally. The models produced by Dodge/Jeep include Hellcat, SRT, Scat Pack and the Trackhawk, said police.

Police urge drivers to keep vehicle doors locked and windows shut when you are not in the vehicle; hide valuable items; park in secure, well-lit, and highly-traveled areas; make use of anti-theft devices; enable your car’s tracking system; have your phone ready; approach your car with your keys in your hand; don’t sit in your car while it is unlocked; and be aware of your surroundings.

Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.