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Published February 01, 2012, 12:50 PM

ND town thinking about safety after fatal shooting

BEULAH, N.D. (AP) — Residents of a central North Dakota town say they're shaken and feeling less secure after gunfire broke out at an apartment complex Tuesday night, killing one person and wounding another.

By: BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

BEULAH, N.D. (AP) — Residents of a central North Dakota town say they're shaken and feeling less secure after gunfire broke out at an apartment complex Tuesday night, killing one person and wounding another.

Three men were taken into custody after the shooting just off state Highway 49 in Beulah, about 80 miles northwest of Bismarck, authorities said. The names of the people shot and those arrested have not been released.

The shooting occurred around 7:45 p.m. on the top floor of a three-story apartment building that is a few blocks from three school buildings — an elementary, a middle school and a high school.

Irwin Falls Down, 19, said he and his girlfriend were sitting down to dinner in an apartment nearby when they heard a loud "smack."

"At first we thought they threw a chair against the wall," Falls Down said. "We muted the TV. Seconds later, we heard another smack. There was no mistaking" it was gunshots.

Falls Down said he called 911 and turned off the lights inside his apartment.

"I wasn't going to stick my head out the door and get caught by a bullet," he said.

Heather Funk, who lives in a neighborhood near the apartment complex, said news of the shooting spread quickly through word of mouth and social media late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

"When it happened, I went on Facebook and said lock your doors," she said. "So many people still don't lock their doors here."

Funk, 37, who grew up in Beulah, moved away before returning to the town on the edge of North Dakota's oil patch six years ago. She said the community of about 3,000 residents has changed a lot since she was a child.

She used to ride her bike in the streets as a child, but said she won't let her own kids do that now.

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