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Shooting victim Karlee Koswick raises funds to visit Fargo on July 14 anniversary of shooting – InForum

Shooting victim Karlee Koswick raises funds to visit Fargo on July 14 anniversary of shooting – InForum

FARGO – Shooting victim Karlee Koswick wants to return to Fargo one year after she was shot and seriously injured in the July 14, 2023, ambush in Fargo.

Fargo police officers Zach Robinson, Andrew Dotas, Tyler Hawes and Jake Wallin were responding to a routine accident at the corner of 25th Street and Ninth Avenue South when Fargo resident Mohamad Barakat opened fire from his vehicle, which was parked in a parking lot near the accident scene.

Koswick, along with Dotas and Hawes, were shot and wounded by Barakat. Wallin was killed. After a brief exchange of fire and several orders to drop his weapon, Robinson killed the shooter.

To commemorate the event, the Fargo Police Department is holding a one-year anniversary ceremony

on July 14, 2024.

Fargo Police announced the event on Monday, July 8. The next morning, Koswick posted a GoFundMe page asking for donations to help cover travel expenses to Fargo.

Koswick moved away after the shooting and was unable to work for nearly a year while she recovered from her injuries. She now lives near Philadelphia.

“It’s important for me to be here and thank all the people who helped me through this ordeal and recovery,” Koswick said. “I’m sorry I couldn’t attend Officer Wallin’s memorial service.”

For Koswick, a return to Fargo would be a therapeutic experience.

“I hope that attending the ceremony will provide some closure for me. It’s been difficult,” Koswick said. “I feel like being there will help me heal.”

She wants to raise $1,800 for the trip. So far, hundreds of dollars have been donated toward Koswick’s potential trip. She is overwhelmed by the generosity.

“I am incredibly grateful to everyone who made this trip possible,” Koswick said. “The people of Fargo have been incredibly supportive and I can’t even express how much it means to me that people are still willing to help a year later.”

Residents are invited to attend the event on Sunday, July 14 at 4:00 p.m. at Fargo City Hall, 225 4th St. N.

Those who wish to follow the event from home can watch it on the City of Fargo’s social media sites, during a live television broadcast on cable channel TV Fargo 56, or online at FargoND.gov/Streaming.

Jim Shaw

InForum columnist Jim Shaw is a former WDAY-TV reporter and former KVRR-TV news director.