APD identifies shooting victim, says alleged shooter knew him
Last updated at 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14
Anchorage police have arrested shooting suspect, Tommy Rumph Jr., in connection with Tuesday morning’s shooting that left one person dead, 30-year-old Treavonne Owens.
In a release from police, the department states they found Rumph near 29th Avenue and Willow Street, where they say he surrendered peacefully to police.
A release from Anchorage police on Wednesday stated the department was looking for another person, 26-year-old Marcus Wright, who is believed to have information about the fatal shooting. A release later that day said police had found the man.
On Tuesday, the Anchorage Police Department (APD) evacuated schools, while they searched for Rumph, who was believed to be armed.
In an updated release from police, they wrote that a shooting near the intersection of 15th Avenue and E Street was reported to the department at 6:16 a.m. When emergency responders arrived, they found Owens dead at the scene.
Witnesses who called 911 reported the two men were fighting before the shooting, police said, adding that the two men appeared to know each other.
Two nearby schools — Chugach Optional Elementary and Central Middle School — are closed, according to Heidi Embley with the Anchorage School District. In a separate release issued around 7:30 a.m., APD said that children from both schools would be bussed to West High School for parent pick-up.
Puffin Heights Montessori preschool was also closed Tuesday morning. William Canady, the owner of the school, said they told parents not to bring their kids to school. However he said the preschool opened at 10 a.m after the area was deemed safe.
A Facebook profile linked to Rumph shows a video taken live, where the man says, “For real, I did something wrong.”
DISCLAIMER: The following video contains profanity.
Anita Shell, a spokesperson with APD, confirmed the video is real.
Police charged Rumph with first- and second-degree homicide, third-degree misconduct involving a weapon as a felon in possession of a gun and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a statement from police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said. Rumph is being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex pending his arraignment.
“Police would like to thank the citizens who initially called in the disturbance and others who have contacted police throughout the day to provide further information,” Oistad wrote.
Owens’ next of kin have been notified of his death.
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Correction: An earlier version of this story stated one of the schools evacuated was Chugach Option Elementary. This has been corrected.
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