Crime & Courts

Man critically wounded in shooting at South Anchorage service station

A male was severely injured in a shooting at a South Anchorage gas station late Monday, according to police.

The victim remained in critical condition Tuesday, police said in a statement. Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said he was wounded just before 10:30 p.m. by gunfire at the Holiday station near 68th Avenue and Lake Otis Parkway.

"Police have interviewed the shooter, also an adult male, and no charges have been filed at this time as the investigation is ongoing," police wrote Tuesday. "It appears that the victim and the shooter both knew each other and had gotten into a verbal altercation prior to the shooting."

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Castro said in an email that the victim and shooter "know each other and this was not random. The shooter remained on scene and was cooperative with police."

Castro said police were "working through witness statements" on the shooting Tuesday. She declined to discuss the nature of the relationship between the victim and shooter, or what the victim or shooter had told investigators.

"Our understanding from the statements we've received so far is that they were in fact involved in a loud verbal altercation prior to the shooting," Castro said. "Obviously, we have one side to the story and we're hoping to get the other."

Although no criminal charges had been filed by Tuesday night, Castro said it was still a possibility.

"We're still reviewing this case, reviewing the info we've received from witnesses, the shooter, possible surveillance, all of these things — putting it together to determine if there's anything we can potentially charge in this case," she said.

Chris Klint

Chris Klint is a former ADN reporter who covered breaking news.

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