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Charges: Wounded man undergoes surgery after East Anchorage shooting

  • Author: Tess Williams
  • Updated: December 31, 2019
  • Published December 31, 2019

A man was seriously injured early Tuesday morning when he was shot in the arm, knee and hips outside an East Anchorage home, according to charging documents.

Cody Heanu is arraigned on assault and misconduct involving weapons charges Tuesday at the Anchorage jail courtroom. (Tess Williams / ADN)

Police arrested 27-year-old Cody Heanu on charges of first-degree assault and misconduct involving weapons.

Officers were called to investigate a shooting on the 8400 block of East Fifth Avenue, near Russian Jack Springs Park, around 1:25 a.m., according to charges filed against Heanu. Officers found multiple .45-caliber shell casings on the ground, bullet holes in the home and blood on the front porch, the charges said.

The man who was shot was brought to the hospital to be treated for three gunshot wounds, according to the charges. He remained in surgery Tuesday afternoon, according to the prosecutor.

An 18-second surveillance clip showed the victim walking toward a house and away from two men in a truck, the charges said. The victim walks out of the frame as the men got out of the truck, charges said. One of the men “raises the pistol, the pistol is then out of camera view, the man then turns around and runs off,” the charges said.

Investigators learned the suspects may have been at a nearby home and interviewed two men. Heanu’s brother told police he and Heanu heard there was a vehicle prowler nearby and left in his truck to find the man.

Heanu told investigators the victim “had been looking into windows,” the charges said. The victim was backing up when Heanu shot him, he told police.

Heanu’s friends and family were at the Anchorage jail courtroom Tuesday afternoon for his first appearance. His girlfriend told the court Heanu is a good person who works hard and puts his family first. She asked District Court Judge Michael Logue to consider Heanu’s otherwise clean record when setting bond.

Heanu is being held on a $75,000 cash bond but Logue noted that could change as the case progresses.

“These are very, very serious events, which hopefully doesn’t get any more serious than it already is,” he said.

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