Shots fired at birthday party in Nenana lead to charges

A birthday party in Nenana turned ugly late Saturday after two cousins began fighting, one fled to the bathroom, and the other then shot through the bathroom door, Alaska State Troopers said.

Cousins Jean Tritt, 52, and Marion Peter, 51, were celebrating the birthday of Tritt's young child, and both women had been drinking, troopers said. Tritt was upset about something else, Peter tried to console her, but it just made her more angry, said troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen.

Tritt physically assaulted Peter, the trooper report said. Peter ran into the bathroom and called 911 on her cell phone. Tritt then fired two rounds from a .44 Magnum pistol through the bathroom door at her cousin, troopers said. Both shots missed. Tritt got hold of Peter's phone and broke it, preventing her from communicating with authorities, troopers said.

Troopers arrived at the residence just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Several children were there at the time.

Troopers arrested Tritt. She's been charged with felony weapons misconduct, felony assault, misdemeanor assault, criminal mischief, interfering with a domestic violence report and three counts of reckless endangerment.

Anchorage Daily News /