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Forum staff reports , Published December 22 2012

Pregnant girl shot in foot in West Fargo

WEST FARGO – A girl was shot in the foot at her home here around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

When West Fargo Police arrived at a home on Brookwood Lane, they found the 17-year-old pregnant girl lying on the floor, a West Fargo Police Department news release said.

Cody Pankowski, of Fargo, a 26-year-old family friend, had been carrying the loaded firearm in the waistband of his pants, the release said. He planned to remove it, unload it and go to bed, but the gun went off while unloading, he told officers.

The victim was transported by ambulance to the emergency room with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the release.

The suspect was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon. He was booked in the Cass County Jail.

The incident is still under investigation.