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Duluth police officers search the scene of a drive-by shooting on the 300 block of N. 21st Avenue West for shell casings. Eyewitnesses report that there were six shots fired at the scene Thursday afternoon in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Authorities seek suspect in Lincoln Park drive-by shooting

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Duluth police are seeking a man who apparently fired several shots that hit a residence and truck on the 300 block of North 21st Avenue West on Thursday afternoon.

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Police officers swarmed to the area in the Lincoln Park neighborhood about 2 p.m., and found that an occupied house and an unoccupied truck had each been hit by two rounds. No one was injured in the incident.

A short time later, officers found an unoccupied vehicle in downtown Duluth believed to have been used in the shooting. Police said they are seeking a male suspect and do not believe the crime to be random.

Greg Cozzi heard two shots while he was working on the roof of a home on the corner of Fourth Street and 21st Avenue West. He looked to the street and heard two more shots. Then, the people who were shooting saw him on the roof.

“They looked right at me and I freaked out,” Cozzi said. He said two more shots were fired as he tried to read the license plate.

His work truck, parked one house down, was a victim; it was hit by at least two bullets. One punctured the gas tank of the Ford Ranger and one ended up in the cab of the truck. Gas leaked onto the street and fumes wafted in the air while police investigated the scene and firefighters worked to contain the leak.

Cozzi was dismayed because the truck was towed for evidence. He said he will need to borrow a truck from his boss to get by.

“It freaks me out,” said Cozzi, who lives in the neighborhood.

He said he did not know the neighbors, whom police were talking to at 322 21st Ave. West. On the corner, at Third Street, is a neon-yellow sign stating that the area is watched by the Lincoln Park Citizen Patrol and under “extra patrol” from police.

Police said they are following up on several leads. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 911 or submit an anonymous tip through the department’s Tip411 system.

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