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Man fatally shot in East Anchorage; police seek another who may have been involved

Police have asked the public for help finding 29-year-old Derrick Hall, whom they have labeled as a "person of interest" in the Thursday shooting death of a man at an East Anchorage apartment.

Shortly after 2 p.m., police received reports of a fatal shooting at the 4000 block of Reka Drive. Medics declared a man, who has yet to be identified, dead at the scene, police said.

Police said they were told another man was inside the apartment but fled after the shots were fired.

Around 3:30 p.m, a uniformed officer escorted a young man outside of the Russian Jack Apartments and into an unmarked police car.

Four hours later, police sent out an advisory saying they were looking for Hall, who they say may have been involved in the shooting. Police described Hall as 6 feet tall and 160 pounds.

Hall was seen Thursday afternoon hitchhiking with a woman on the Glenn Highway near Eklutna , police said in the advisory.

"He may possibly be headed up to Fairbanks or located in the Mat-Su Valley," the advisory said.

Police are asking anyone with information on Hall's whereabouts to call them at 786-8900.

At Russian Jack Apartments, where the shooting occurred Thursday afternoon, tenant Lisa Smith said police presence at the building isn't unusual. She has seen police there several times since she, her husband and two daughters moved in to a bottom-floor apartment two months ago.

She said the police responses "get my heart racing."

Police told her the shooting Thursday happened on the second floor. She said she did not hear gunshots or yelling but has heard stomping and arguing on upper floors before.

She said she is reluctant to let her children play outside. "If they want to (play) with the neighborhood kids, I don't like them to go far," Smith said.

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