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Forum staff reports, Published September 09 2013

Narrow miss after gun fired in Fargo apartment

FARGO – It was a near miss Monday morning for a south Fargo woman whose neighbor’s gun fired, driving a bullet into the woman’s apartment wall.

Lt. Joel Vettel said the woman called police about 9:20 a.m. from her apartment in the 1400 block of 17th Street South here to report hearing a loud “pop,” which she thought was a gunshot. She then reported finding a hole in her apartment wall.

A man staying as a guest in a neighboring apartment told officer he’d been trying to clear a misfed round from his handgun when it accidentally went off, Vettel said. The shot went through the sheetrock and into his neighbor’s apartment.

The man had a concealed carry permit, which usually requires safety training, Vettel said, but he could not comment on whether the man’s training had covered safe clearing techniques.

“We don’t provide the training – that’s usually taught by a private instructor,” said Vettel, who added that accidental shots are usually caused by human error.

Vettel said police were considering passing on the case to the city attorney for possible charges of firing a weapon within city limits.