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Published November 10 2010

Fargo teens accused of firing gun through apartment wall

Fargo police say two teenage boys were referred Monday to juvenile court after they accidentally fired a stolen .44 Magnum revolver in a Fargo apartment and the bullet passed through the wall into a neighboring apartment.

No one was injured, but Fargo police Sgt. Mark Lykken said Tuesday that because of the powerful handgun involved, it was an “extremely dangerous situation where the bullet could have easily struck somebody.”

The manager of the apartment complex at 1010 16th St. N. called police at 6:43 p.m. after a tenant found what appeared to be a bullet hole in the wall above a countertop.

Police determined that the bullet had been fired from an adjacent apartment unit, went through the wall and hit an aerosol can and some clothes hanging from an exercise machine before lodging in an exterior wall, Lykken said.

The teens, one of whom lives in the adjacent apartment, told police they didn’t think the gun was loaded, Lykken said. The Ruger .44 Magnum had been reported stolen earlier Monday from a pickup parked in the rear lot of 1500 Dakota Drive, he said.

The juveniles, ages 14 and 17, were referred to juvenile court on suspicion of reckless endangerment, possession of stolen property, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and theft from a vehicle.

Lykken reminded people to remove valuable items, including firearms, from their vehicles during the hunting season.