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Homeowner shot during South Anchorage burglary attempt

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: August 8, 2016
  • Published August 8, 2016

A man was shot and wounded during an attempted burglary in South Anchorage early Monday, and police say the suspect has yet to be arrested.

According to a Monday statement from police, officers responded to the incident on the 7700 block of Linda Lane, near Arctic Boulevard and 76th Avenue, around 2 a.m. The alleged burglar had rifled through the homeowner's car, then taken a garage-door opener from the vehicle and used it to open the home's garage.

"Awakened by the noise, the homeowner confronted the man inside the garage and a physical altercation ensued," police wrote. "At some point, the intruder fired at least one shot from a handgun, striking the homeowner in the abdomen. The intruder then fled the scene on foot."

Medics took the homeowner to a local hospital, where he went into surgery and is expected to survive.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell said Monday afternoon that nothing had been taken from the home. No other reports of burglaries or break-ins had been received overnight Sunday from the area.

"The suspect is described as an adult male, unknown race," police wrote. "The victim told officers that the suspect spoke in a foreign language."

Shell said the victim wasn't able to tell police what language the alleged burglar might have been speaking.

The shooting happened in one of four condos located next to a basketball and tennis court in a quiet South Anchorage neighborhood.

One neighbor said she heard screaming before police showed up but did not hear the shooting. Other neighbors declined to comment Monday evening.

Anyone with information on the suspect's identity or whereabouts is asked to call police at 907-786-8900, or contact Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or its website.

Jerzy Shedlock contributed to this report.