Crime & Courts

Anchorage shooting leaves station wagon with bullet holes and shattered windows

Anchorage police said no one was injured in a Monday night shooting that left a parked station wagon with shattered windows and bullet holes.

It's the fourth Anchorage shooting in two weeks that police said damaged cars but injured no one.

Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim said police had no information connecting the Monday night shooting in Fairview to the stolen car found shot up and ablaze in a Mountain View school parking lot last week or to the two shooting sprees in East Anchorage in late June that left bullet holes in cars and walls.

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"We don't have any information at this point to connect anything or give any sort of motive behind this," Thim said. "We don't have any information linking any cases. They're all separate at this time."

By Tuesday afternoon, police had not arrested anyone in connection to any of the four shootings, according to Renee Oistad, police spokeswoman.

Police received 911 calls about the Monday shooting around 10:15 p.m., according to a statement from police. Police said a Ford station wagon with two people inside was parked near East Ninth Avenue and LaTouche Street that night when a Dodge Durango carrying four men pulled up.


"Words were exchanged between one of the occupants in the station wagon and the driver of the Durango," the statement said. "One of the occupants in the Durango then fired multiple shots towards the station wagon."

When officers got to the scene, they found the damaged station wagon, scattered shell casings and "a bullet embedded in the wall of the home," the statement said. The two people in the station wagon were not injured, it said.

Police sent out a brief statement early Tuesday morning asking the public for help finding the Dodge Durango, which they said was stolen. It was located in Mountain View Tuesday afternoon, on the 400 block of Irwin Street, Oistad said in an email. She said there was no damage except for a "fresh dent" on the back of the car.

"The vehicle was processed and returned to the owner – I cannot talk about evidence collection at this time as the case is still pending," Oistad said.

Police asked anyone with information on the Monday shooting to call dispatch at 907-786-8900 (press "0" to reach an operator) or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP.

Tegan Hanlon

Tegan Hanlon was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News between 2013 and 2019. She now reports for Alaska Public Media.