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Forum staff reports, Published October 22 2013

Man faces charges after accidental shooting in Fargo hotel

FARGO – Police here say a guest at a Fargo hotel will face misdemeanor charges after accidentally firing a handgun in the hotel lobby Monday night.

According to police Lt. Joel Vettel:

The incident was reported about 9 p.m. Monday at the Motel 6 in the 3100 block of 39th Street South.

Hotel staff told police they heard a gunshot and officers found glass shot out of the hotel’s lobby door.

A review of hotel video determined that a guest at the hotel was responsible and a small-caliber handgun was involved.

Vettel said it was determined the shooting was accidental and the individual involved will be charged by long-form complaint with unlawful discharge of a firearm within city limits and reckless endangerment.

Other charges are also possible, according to Vettel, who said alcohol was a factor in the incident.

Vettel declined to release the suspect’s name because he was not arrested.