2 Anchorage homicides Wednesday night not random, police say
Two people died in about two hours late Wednesday after they were shot and stabbed in Spenard and Midtown respectively, with no arrests yet made in either case according to Anchorage police.
Investigators believe the killings were neither random nor a further threat to public safety, police spokesman MJ Thim said Thursday morning. The two deaths are considered unrelated.
Police spokesman MJ Thim said officers responded to a report of shots fired from the 1800 block of West 36th Avenue just before 9 p.m. The woman declared dead in the yard of an apartment complex had been shot, and also struck by a vehicle that crashed into the building.
The 36th Avenue shooting is considered drug-related, Thim said Thursday.
"Autopsy results will determine the exact cause of death," police wrote in a statement.
The stabbing victim, a man, suffered multiple stab wounds to his upper torso. Thim said he was found at about 11 p.m., on the 200 block of East Northern Lights Boulevard near A Street.
Investigators believe both the victim and suspect in the stabbing were homeless.
Police had not identified either victim Thursday morning, pending notification of their next of kin.
Jennifer Summers and John Grobe contributed information to this story.