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One dead, another injured from gunshots in Grand Forks

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Police congregate near the scene where a man was found dead and a woman shot Thursday, May 17 in a Grand Forks apartment located in the 2500 block of Seventh Avenue South. Matt Henson / WDAZ2 / 4
A woman looks out her apartment door as Grand Forks police investigate a shooting Thursday, May 17. A man was found dead and a woman was injured from gunshot wounds. April Baumgarten / Forum News Service3 / 4
Grand Forks police work at an apartment in the 2500 block of Seventh Avenue South, where investigators found a man who died from gunshot wounds Thursday. A woman also was injured in the shooting. April Baumgarten / Forum News Service4 / 4

GRAND FORKS -- A Thursday, May 17, shooting at a south Grand Forks apartment complex has left a man dead and a woman injured.

Police responded to the Stratford Apartments at 11:29 a.m., where they found a man dead and woman with “what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries,” according to a news release. Police said the wounds appeared to be caused by gunshot.

The woman was taken to Altru Hospital.

There is no indication that the public is in danger, but the case is under investigation, Lt. Derik Zimmel said. Police have some clues as to who fired the shots, but Zimmel declined to release details.

“The last thing that we want to do though is put out things that are very, very preliminary that may end up proving to be wrong,” he said.

Police did not release the names of the people involved, and Zimmel declined to say whether the two knew each other.

Ken Price, who lives in the Stratford Apartments but not in the same building where the shooting occurred, said he heard three gunshots around 7:10 a.m. Thursday. When he looked outside his apartment, he didn’t see anything, he said.

“I was born and raised on a farm,” he said. “I know what a gunshot sounds like.”

Police responded around 7:40 a.m. to the Stratford Apartments for a report of loud noises that the caller said sounded like gunshots, Zimmel said. Officers didn’t find anything at that time.

The 11:29 a.m. response was for a welfare check with possible injuries, according to the release. That caller was not at the scene of the shooting, police said.

It’s unclear if the two incidents are related, Zimmel said.

This is the second fatal shooting this month in Grand Forks. Astra Volk, 35, shot and killed her three children and herself May 3 at her home in the 1000 block of South 12th Street, which is about 1.5 miles southwest of the Stratford Apartments.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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