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Published December 06, 2010, 08:27 AM

Man Fires 14 Shots Outside Grand Forks Bar

Grand Forks police arrested a man accused of firing a gun in south Grand Forks around 12:30 am Monday. Officers were called to the area of the Southgate Casino Bar and Grill for a man who reportedly fired several shots in the air and left the area in a car.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Grand Forks police arrested a man accused of firing a gun in south Grand Forks around 12:30 am Monday.

Officers were called to the area of the Southgate Casino Bar and Grill for a man who reportedly fired several shots in the air and left the area in a car.

Police say the suspect, Ut Muoi Ngo, fired at least 14 rounds just outside the main entrance of the bar.

"He wasn't confrontational. He didn't threaten anybody. He didn't engage anybody. He just reached into his jacket and pulled out a hand gun, started firing rounds into the air," Lt. Grant Schiller with the Grand Forks Police Department said Monday.

Schiller says about 10 people outside the bar saw Ngo firing the gun and then driving away. The witnesses then called police, who used Ngo's license plate number to track him down at his south Grand Forks apartment.

"We arrived at the scene. Knocked on the door, a female came out and she was pulled aside. (We) found the man inside and placed him under arrest," Schiller said.

Ngo remains at the Grand Fork County Jail where he faces multiple charges, including reckless endangerment. Police are still looking for the 9 millimeter handgun they believe he used.

Schiller stressed the danger of discharging a gun in the city, especially with people close by.

Ngo was charged in court Monday afternoon, charged with reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm within a bar or gaming site. Schiller says Ngo could also face the charge of discharging a firearm within city limits.

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