Police ID suspect, still on the loose, in West Anchorage shooting

Casey Grove

Anchorage police are looking for a 23-year-old man suspected of shooting another man multiple times in a West Anchorage apartment on Tuesday.

The alleged shooter, Sabre Layne Pearl, was still on the loose late Wednesday, a police spokeswoman said in a written statement. Pearl's alleged victim, 31-year-old Eric Hammon, remained in critical condition at a local hospital, police said.

It was a little after 5 p.m. Tuesday when police officers rushed to an apartment in the 2800 block of West International Airport Road for a reported shooting. Pearl, who was visiting a woman there, got into an argument with Hammon, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. A brief struggle followed, and someone discharged pepper spray, Shell said. Pearl then pulled out a handgun and shot Hammon several times in the lower torso, the police spokeswoman said.

Pearl fled from the apartment building and left in a light-blue minivan, police said.

Police described Pearl as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 160 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He may be with his girlfriend, Marissa Quimby-Hayes, a 20-year-old listed as 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 120 pounds.

Along with assault and weapons misconduct charges, Pearl is wanted on unrelated warrants for fraud and theft, police said. Investigators ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Pearl or Quimby-Hayes call police at 786-8900 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.


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