Crime & Courts

Man charged with murder in shooting at downtown Anchorage apartment complex

A 33-year-old man faces charges of murder and attempted murder after shooting into a downtown Anchorage apartment and killing a person who investigators believe wasn’t his intended target, police said Monday.

According to an initial investigation, Russell A. Haube approached the Backpackers Annex, 421 Eagle St., from outside Saturday night and fired multiple shots into a second-story apartment unit, Anchorage police said in an alert Monday afternoon. Police were called to the building around 9:45 p.m. Saturday for a report of a shooting.

At the time of the shooting, four people were at the apartment, including one person with whom Haube had a prior disagreement, according to police.

One round hit Joseph W. Evans, 32, who wasn’t the person Haube had had a disagreement with, police said. Evans was the only person injured and eventually died at the scene, police said.

Police said detectives identified Haube as the suspected shooter. Officers found him at a home on the 1100 block of Friendly Lane on Sunday and he was taken into custody around 3 p.m. without incident, according to police. Detectives questioned him at Anchorage Police Department headquarters, police said, and he was taken to the Anchorage jail on a felony probation warrant for an unrelated third-degree assault charge.

After further investigation into Saturday night’s shooting, Haube — who was still in custody — was charged Monday with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree misconduct involving a weapon, third-degree misconduct involving a weapon (felon in possession) and four counts of reckless endangerment.

Police late Saturday night had described the shooting as an “isolated incident” without a perceived threat to public safety.

Haube appeared in court Tuesday and is being held on a $250,000 bond.

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