Shots fired, man dead in Mountain View apartment

NO ARRESTS MADE: Police following leads to find a suspect.

March 24, 2011 

One man is dead after a shooting in a Mountain View apartment early Thursday morning, according to Anchorage police.

The victim is Devante L. Jordan, 19, police said. Court records indicate Jordan turned 19 on Sunday.

Detectives continue to follow leads to find a suspect in the shooting, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said.

Police dispatchers received reports from neighbors of several shots fired at an apartment building in the 3500 block of Richmond Avenue at 12:05 a.m.

Officers found Jordan dead inside an apartment, Parker said.

Police interviewed tenants at the two matching, green apartment buildings, Parker said. The investigation was ongoing, he said late Thursday.

According to his adult criminal record, Jordan faced misdemeanor charges for assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and harassment in 2010.

Neighbor Patricia Williams, 73, lives in the building adjacent to where the shooting took place. She didn't hear gunshots, but she said a woman was screaming just before midnight. Williams could hear the woman on the phone, telling 911 dispatchers her brother had been shot.

Officers and emergency personnel arrived, but there was some confusion, Williams said. The screaming woman gave the wrong address. The victim or his friends started renting the apartment about three months ago, Williams said.

"I didn't look, I just heard her screaming and real loud knocking," Williams said.

Police were pounding on the door to the victim's apartment, she said.

"I think she said he'd been shot six times or something," Williams said.

Officers finished taking pictures of the crime scene by about 6 a.m., Williams said. She saw them remove Jordan's body later in the afternoon, she said.

The commotion didn't end there for residents in the two buildings, Williams said.

At about 1:30 Thursday afternoon, police officers came into the two buildings after surrounding a white car at gunpoint in the parking lot, Williams said. Williams was peeking out of her door and came almost face-to-face with an officer. He told her to keep her door shut, she said.

Parker said no arrests had been made in the homicide case and no arrest warrants have been issued. The Thursday afternoon arrest was for a separate case, he said. The arrest may or may not have resulted from police contact related to the shooting, Parker said.

Williams said she wasn't sure she wanted to continue living in the building where she's resided for 10 years.

"I know I don't feel safe. I don't think it's over yet," she said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the department at 786-8900.

Reach Casey Grove at or 257-4589.

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