Stray bullet from Midtown argument hits bystander

Casey Grove

One of two men in a group arguing in the parking lot of a Midtown Anchorage apartment complex late Wednesday shot and injured a woman watching them, police said.

Residents of the apartments at 626 W. 34th Ave. told officers the commotion started about 11:30 p.m., police spokeswoman Anita Shell said.

"They were arguing, yelling, shouting, down in the parking lot, and multiple witnesses went to their windows to look," Shell said.

One of them was 50-year-old Ludmila Edwards. Someone in the group of three or four people pulled a gun and fired a "stray" bullet in the air that went through the wall of Edwards' second-floor apartment as she looked down on them, police said. Edwards was hit; an ambulance was rushing her to a hospital. Witnesses told police the group dispersed and sped away in two separate vehicles, Shell said

Detectives have descriptions of both vehicles, but they aren't discussing that information publicly, Shell said. And she said they're not saying how badly Edwards was injured, as it could hurt the case.

"It would make it more difficult to find these people," Shell said. "We don't want the bad guys knowing what we know."

But police are looking for help from the public. Anyone with tips on the shooting can call police at 786-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.




Reach Casey Grove at or 257-4589.