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Shooting outside Anchorage grocery store leaves man in critical condition

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: June 16, 2017
  • Published June 16, 2017

A shooting early Friday in the parking lot of the Aurora Village Carrs Safeway store left a man in his 30s gravely wounded, Anchorage police said.

A 911 call reporting the shooting near Minnesota Drive and Northern Lights Boulevard came in at about 4:20 a.m., Anchorage Police Lt. John McKinnon said.

"Officers arrived, located a little sedan sitting in the parking lot," McKinnon said. "In the right-front passenger seat was a person who had suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and was taken to the hospital in critical condition."

Police said in a statement later Friday morning that the man had been shot "multiple times." The sedan had multiple other occupants, McKinnon said, who were detained by police for questioning.

McKinnon said no outstanding suspects were being sought by police, and that it wasn't immediately clear whether the shooting was deliberate or accidental.

"We believe it took place in the vehicle," McKinnon said.

Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call dispatchers at 907-786-8900, or contact Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.

The same store saw a shooting on April 22, after a group of people entered the business and destroyed merchandise. Devon Maurice Brown, 18, was charged with attempted murder after the group left and he opened fire on the building's entrance, severely wounding an employee following them outside, police said.