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Another barrage of gunfire leaves man injured, property damaged

  • Author: Jerzy Shedlock
  • Updated: July 13, 2017
  • Published July 12, 2017

Anchorage police are investigating a Tuesday night shooting that left a victim with a gunshot wound to the leg and bullet holes in vehicles and homes.

It's the second shooting reported by the Anchorage Police Department this week, and the fifth in roughly two weeks.

When asked if the Tuesday night shooting was connected to any other recent shootings, police spokesperson Renee Oistad said the case was under investigation, and detectives have no other information to share at the moment.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday night, police dispatchers started receiving calls about shots fired outdoors in the area of East Fifth Avenue and State Street, APD said in a statement.

While officers were on their way to the scene, dispatchers learned someone had been shot, police said.

Officers found spent shell casings in the roadway at Fifth and State, and they found a man inside a home on State who'd suffered a gunshot wound to his leg, police said. His injuries were not life threatening.

"At least five parked vehicles and three residential buildings were hit by the gunfire," Oistad said. "No other injuries were reported."

Oistad said initial indicators suggest the shooting was targeted; she did not say whether the injured man was the intended target or whether he cooperated with police.

"The investigation into how many people were involved, and the motive for the crime, is ongoing," she said.

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