Crime & Courts

Couple who fled Alaska charged in shooting inside Anchorage Fred Meyer store

A man and woman wanted in connection with a January shooting inside the Muldoon Fred Meyer were arrested this week after they returned to Alaska, Anchorage police say.

Eric Lee Jr. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Eric Dewayne Lee Jr., 20, and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Linda Eve Kathleen McGrew, were in a self-checkout line at the store on DeBarr Road in mid-January when Lee pulled a handgun out of McGrew's purse and fired a shot at three men in a line at the in-store Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, charging documents say. McGrew and Lee had his toddler daughter with them at the time.

No one was injured. Police said they located a spent 9 mm casing near a hole in the wall of the credit union.

Lee walked toward the men to fire the shot and then ran out of the store, according to the sworn police affidavit filed with charges. McGrew grabbed the toddler as soon as Lee removed the gun from her purse and ran outside.

Linda McGrew (Bill Roth / ADN)

Within a week, an anonymous caller identified the couple to police, the affidavit said.

But Lee and McGrew fled the state before they could be arrested, Anchorage police spokesman MJ Thim said Friday. The couple got on a plane within days of the shooting and didn't return until Feb. 14.

A tipster this week told police the couple was back in Alaska, Thim said. They were arrested Wednesday.

Lee and McGrew were arraigned Thursday in Anchorage jail court on charges of first-degree attempted murder, second-degree misconduct involving weapons, two counts of third-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.