UPDATE: 16-year-old boy dead after Fargo shooting

Published: May. 23, 2023 at 8:46 AM CDT|Updated: May. 23, 2023 at 5:16 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Fargo Police have confirmed a boy who was found shot to death in a south Fargo neighborhood late Monday night was a 16-year-old.

Officers were dispatched just after 11:15 p.m. on May 22 for a report of gunshots heard in at the Twin Parks apartment complex in the 4400 block of 9th Ave. S. Police say when they got there, the teen was found dead from a gunshot wound near the garages. Police also say that a gun was found lying on the ground next to the victim.

Neighbors say they heard four to ten rapid-fire shots. One man says shortly after he heard the gunshots, he saw what he thought was a white Dodge car speed away from the scene.

VNL also spoke with a friend and classmate of the slain teen. Jackson Hansen is a West Fargo sophomore who says he’s gone to school with the victim since elementary school. He says he got the news of what happened Tuesday morning, and says he’s still in disbelief something this tragic happened to someone he knew and someone so young.

“No one in general deserves to be shot. Me knowing him, he’s never done anything bad. He may have skipped a class or two, but he’s normally a good kid. It was really sad to hear that happen,” Hansen said.

FPD Chief Dave Zibolski says the family of the 16-year-old has been notified of his death.

Police say multiple individuals were involved in an altercation, but took off before police got to the scene. Police say they are investigating to identify all parties involved, and ask anyone with any tips, to call them into the Red River Dispatch Center at 701-451-7660.