Crime & Courts

He saw people rifling through a car and drove after them. They shot at him — and hit someone else’s car instead.

A man who spotted people going through a vehicle outside a neighbor's house and followed them in his car was later shot at by the suspects, police said Thursday evening.

Another man, not involved in the incident, was injured by broken glass after his vehicle window was hit by one of the shots, Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad said in an email.

Oistad said that Thursday morning, a man saw people going through a vehicle parked outside his neighbor's home in the 4900 block of Wesleyan Drive, in Anchorage's University Medical District.

The man took photos of the suspect's Hyundai sedan, and then followed it in his own car, Oistad said.

At Lake Otis Parkway and Northern Lights Boulevard, the man was shot at by one of the suspects in the Hyundai, Oistad said. He wasn't hit.

After that, the man lost sight of the Hyundai, drove home and called police.

At 11 a.m., police responded to a call at East Northern Lights Boulevard and UAA Drive, where a driver's vehicle window had been hit by one of the shots fired. The man had minor cuts from the broken glass and was treated by medics on scene, Oistad said.


Three people were seen inside the Hyundai, according to police.

"No arrests have been made. No suspect descriptions are available at this time," Oistad said.

On Thursday morning, police asked for the public's help finding the Hyundai sedan, which had a stolen license plate. The car was found abandoned on the side of the road on Heritage Center Drive, near North Muldoon Road and the Glenn Highway, around 4:30 p.m. It was impounded as evidence.

Laurel Andrews

Laurel Andrews was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Dispatch. She left the ADN in October 2018.