Sioux Falls woman shot in 'gun cleaning' accident loses unborn baby

Published: Oct. 15, 2019 at 1:39 PM MDT
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KSFY News has learned from Melanie Pettibone's sister and a family friend that Pettibone was nearly 20 weeks pregnant and lost her baby after the accidental shooting.

We're told by a family friend that the bullet went through her leg, into her stomach where it traveled through her uterus and intestines striking the baby.

Pettibone has gone through surgery and is resting in the ICU at a local hospital.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up. In the description, it reads that Melanie Pettibone is a mother of three children and she's a stay at home mom.

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A 22-year-old man is facing charges after police he shot and injured a woman at a Sioux Falls residence.

The incident took place Sunday afternoon at an apartment on W. 47th Street, near the intersection of 49th Street and Marion Road.

Public Information Officer Sam Clemens says the Sheldon Pettibone was cleaning a gun when it went off, striking a woman in the leg. She was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital for treatment.

Pettibone was arrested on domestic assault and reckless discharge of a firearm charges.

Clemens said Pettibone and the victim were related, but did not give any further details, citing Marsy's Law.

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