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Police search for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspects in Anchorage homicide

Anchorage police search for suspects in a homicide investigation near the 4200 block of Mountain View Drive on April 12, 2018. SWAT and a police dog unit were on scene to search for two suspects. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Anchorage police SWAT teams were looking for two suspects in a fatal shooting in the Mountain View neighborhood Thursday.

Homicide suspects Mickee Thompson (left) and Robert Smith. (Photos provided by APD)

A man was shot multiple times inside an apartment complex on Mountain View Drive, an Anchorage Police Department spokesman said.

Two men fled on foot north toward North Park Street and were considered "armed and dangerous," police said in an alert midday Thursday. "Do not approach them."

Police identified the suspects as 19-year-old Mickee Thompson and 18-year-old Robert Smith. Thompson was last seen wearing a black hoodie, white T-shirt, dark pants and white shoes. Smith was last seen wearing a dark coat and dark jeans.

"Detectives have determined that this is an isolated incident and not random," police said.

The homicide victim has not been identified.

Police interviewed witnesses inside the building, spokesman MJ Thim said during a late-morning briefing at the scene.

Anyone who sees something suspicious should call 911, Thim said.

Thim said residents should stay inside if they see SWAT team members in their neighborhoods.

Anchorage police search for suspects in a homicide investigation near the 4200 block of Mountain View Drive on April 12, 2018. SWAT and a police dog unit were on scene to search for two suspects. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Patrol officers arrived at the scene of the shooting in the 4200 block of Mountain View Drive at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. A report of shots fired came in a little after 9 a.m., Thim said.

The homicide investigation prompted several schools to lock their front doors Thursday morning.

Mountain View Elementary, William Tyson Elementary and Clark Middle School went into "stay-put" mode, where the front doors are locked but class goes on as usual inside, Anchorage School District spokeswoman Catherine Esary said.

The schools came out of the precautionary mode around 11:15 a.m., Esary said.

As SWAT team members searched midmorning Thursday, a police tow truck could be seen impounding a red Chevrolet Tahoe parked at the apartments.

The homicide is Anchorage's seventh this year.

Note: This story has been edited to reflect that only one man, not two, was shot.

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