Early Morning Shooting Injures Cab Driver
Michael Blackwell, 21, is being held without bail facing charges of attempted murder, first degree assault and possessing a stolen firearm.
A Yellow Cab driver sustained minor injuries after he was shot in the stomach early this morning in West Anchorage .
James Gregory, 30, had called the Anchorage Police Department to report a suspicious person on the 4300 block of Cope Street shortly after 4:30 a.m.
The suspect, 21-year-old Michael Blackwell, had been prowling around a vehicle when Gregory approached him.
After Blackwell told the driver he lived in the neighborhood, he ducked behind a residence, returned with a shotgun and shot Gregory in the abdomen.
Witnesses said he then began walking up the street and firing the gun into the air, and police found him nearby shortly thereafter.
Blackwell is being held without bail facing charges of attempted murder, first degree assault and possession of a stolen firearm.