Crime & Courts

Anchorage police say victim involved in case of shooting and car crash hadn't been shot

Anchorage police said Wednesday a 19-year-old killed in a car crash Friday did not have gunshot wounds despite the sedan he was thrown from being involved in a shooting.

The sedan was headed west on Fifth Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. when it crossed the median and slammed into a pickup truck heading east. Chaduer Chuol, 19, was ejected from the sedan and pronounced dead at a local hospital. Responding officers found another man in the car suffering from a gunshot wound, police said.

Police believe the pickup truck was not involved in the shooting.

“We can confirm that Chuol did not have any gunshot wounds following the autopsy and his injuries aligned with being involved in the collision,” said Jennifer Castro, Anchorage Police Department spokesperson.

Chuol's death is being investigated as a homicide. The shooting victim survived and remains unidentified.

Detectives continue to investigate the incident, including the course of events before the before the crash, where the shooting happened and who was involved, Castro said.

No arrests or charges have been made in the case, she said.

Related: [Man dead in Fifth Avenue collision following gunfire]

Correction: The above story originally reported that the shooting and vehicle collision happened Saturday. The incident took place on Friday.

Jerzy Shedlock

Jerzy Shedlock is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2017.