Crime & Courts

2 shootings leave 3 injured in Anchorage, as police question 1 suspect

A pair of overnight shootings in Anchorage left three people injured Saturday morning, said police, who were questioning one of the suspected shooters.

In the first shooting around 1 a.m. Saturday, police said a man, whom they didn't identify, was driving to his home in the North Star neighborhood.

The man saw what he described as a group of teenagers or young adults in the road, police said in a prepared statement. He parked his car in his garage, then went back into the street to "confront" the group, the statement said.

After an "altercation," one of the people in the group shot at the man, hitting him twice in the legs; all the people in the group then quickly drove away in two different vehicles, police said.

The injured man was taken to the hospital with "serious but survivable injuries," according to police.

In the other shooting, around 5 a.m., a father and son, whom police also didn't identify, were walking in the Fairview neighborhood, near downtown.

After an "altercation" with three people in a vehicle, the father pulled out a gun and fired, hitting the driver and a passenger in the back seat, police said in a statement.

Both groups of people called police, and one of the shooting victims is now in critical condition at a hospital, police said. Police didn't say any arrests had been made, though they said the father and son were taken in for questioning.

Nathaniel Herz

Nathaniel Herz is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News. He’s been a reporter in Alaska for nearly a decade, with stints at ADN and Alaska Public Media. He’s reported around the state and loves cross-country skiing.