Update: Police said early this morning that Victor Rodriguez Flores, 45, an ex-employee of the Millennium Alaskan Hotel, has been charged with first-degree murder. The shooting victim has been identified as Kerry Fadely, a 55-year-old manager at the hotel.
Flores had been fired about a week ago, according to a statement from Police Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz. Other employees witnessed the shooting and identified him, he said.
A four-hour manhunt ended late Saturday with the arrest of a suspect in a fatal shooting at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel in Spenard that caused police to lock down the hotel and close a section of Spenard Road.
The arrest took place near the suspected shooter's residence not far from the hotel at about 10:45 p.m, according to a press release from the police department. The hotel and Spenard Road were re-opened shortly afterward.
"It appears to be a workplace violence case," said Police Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz. "An employee of the hotel was shot and killed by another employee who was (fired)."
Markiewicz said the deceased employee was a supervisor of the suspect, who had been fired recently.
The shooting was reported just after 6:30 p.m. and reportedly occurred in an employee area of the hotel. The victim died at the hotel, police said.
Police were notifying the victim's next of kin late Saturday and had not yet released a name.
Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said hotel guests were asked to remain in their quarters and were being evacuated as police methodically searched the building room by room.
A hotel manager declined to comment.
Adak resident and Millennium guest Esther Bennett said hotel employees ushered guests out of the lobby.
"They were pushing people out through the bar," Bennett said as she stood with two others waiting to get back in shortly after 10 p.m. "They didn't say anything, I've just been sitting out here listening."
Bennett said her trip to the city had been OK until Saturday night. "I'm not coming back anytime soon," she said.
During the hotel lockdown, Spenard Road was closed at Wisconsin Street on one end and International Airport Road at the other.
Officers initially surrounded the hotel on Lake Spenard and were also searching inside the building.