Crime & Courts

Two men charged with shooting death outside downtown Anchorage bar

Two men were charged in the shooting death of another man outside a downtown Anchorage bar early Saturday morning.

The shooting happened in the alley behind the Gaslight Bar in the 700 block of West Fourth Avenue just after 3 a.m., police said.

The victim was identified as James Moren, 41.

David Dennis, 36, and Roy Schauer, 46, were both charged with two counts of murder, police said.

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Police said witnesses and surveillance cameras showed that both Dennis and Schauer had been in the Gaslight.

"As patrons were leaving the bar at about 3 a.m., Moren headed out the alley/parking lot behind the bar and Schauer followed him," police wrote in a statement issued Saturday night. Police allege that Schauer shot Moren "several times."

Dennis, according to police, "drove to the area behind the Gaslight Bar and provided a gun to Schauer just prior to the shooting. When Schauer attempted to leave the area, APD officers on foot patrol, who had heard the shots fired, stopped him and recovered a gun from inside his pickup believed to be used in the murder."

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell said that officers interviewed a "pretty big pool" of witnesses all morning long, since the incident happened at bar break.

The shooting, along with two deaths in Anchorage's Mountain View neighborhood later in the day, boosted the city's 2016 homicide toll to 34 — the most in at least 20 years.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the block where the incident occurred. It's the 700 block of West Fourth Avenue, not East Fourth Avenue.