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Police ask public’s help in separate Anchorage shootings; 1 dead, 1 hurt badly

  • Author: Alex DeMarban
  • Updated: September 30, 2018
  • Published September 29, 2018

Update, 7 p.m. Sunday: Anchorage police have identified the man who died in Saturday's early morning shooting in Mountain View as Fa'avea Seau, 24.

Next of kin have been notified, police said in an alert, and detectives believe the shooting — which occurred near the intersection of Price Street and Mountain View Drive — was an isolated incident.

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Anchorage police Saturday were asking for the public's help as they investigate two shootings early Saturday, one in South Anchorage and one in Mountain View, that left one man with life-threatening injuries and another man dead.

The shootings occurred more than one hour apart, according to alerts from the Anchorage Police Department.

Authorities are looking for suspects in each case. No arrests have been made.

"The shootings don't appear to be related," said MJ Thim, a police spokesman. "We are really asking for the public's help in both investigations."

Police announced Saturday afternoon that the man shot in Mountain View had died from his wound.

Police received a report of that shooting around 4:50 a.m., near the intersection of Price Street and Mountain View Drive.

There was a dispute in front of an apartment complex at the 100 block of Price Street, the preliminary investigation found. The man was shot in the upper body, and transported to the hospital.

"We are still working on who was involved, whether there were suspects or a suspect, whether they fled on foot or by vehicle," Thim said.

Authorities are working to contact that victim's family about his death, and are not yet releasing the man's name, he said.

Earlier Saturday, about 3:30 a.m., police responded to a different shooting near the Dimond Center mall in South Anchorage.

An acquaintance drove that victim to the hospital, with gunshot wounds to the upper body, police said.

That man was shot near a food truck in the parking lot of the former Sam's Club, in the 8800 block of Old Seward Highway.

"We know there are several people who know what happened. They need to do the correct thing and call us with what they know," Thim said.

Detectives have questioned several people in both shootings and are looking for more people.

Anyone with information about the shootings, including surveillance video, can call 311 (option #1). Anonymous tips can be made by calling 907-561-STOP.