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Woman, 48, charged with murder after 66-year-old man gunned down in Anchorage yard

A memorial on Sunday, July 5, 2020, honors the man who was fatally shot at the 130 block of Klevin Street in Mountain View on Independence Day. Sharlene Townsend was questioned by detectives and arrested on charges of first-degree murder, assault and evidence tampering. (Bill Roth / ADN)

UPDATE 7 a.m. Monday:

Police early Monday identified the man who was killed as 66-year-old Donald Jordan.

Original Sunday story:

Anchorage police arrested a woman after a man was fatally shot in the Mountain View neighborhood on the Fourth of July.

Officers were called to the 130 block of Klevin Street at 7:14 p.m., police wrote in an online statement. A man was found on the ground near the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to his upper body, police said. The man was brought to the hospital, where police said he died from the injuries.

Investigators believe 48-year-old Sharlene Townsend contacted the man outside and fired multiple shots at him before fleeing the scene.

Police did not immediately specify what motivated the shooting or how the man and Townsend knew each other, but said the investigation is ongoing.

Townsend was questioned by detectives and arrested on charges of first-degree murder, assault and evidence tampering. Police wrote they are notifying next of kin and have not released the name of the victim.

This is the fifth homicide to happen in Anchorage this year, not including one fatal officer-involved shooting.

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