3 dead, suspect held in Spenard shooting
Three men were killed in a shooting on Spenard Road Tuesday morning according to Anchorage police, who say a suspect is in custody.
No identification of the suspect had been released Wednesday morning, but police spokesman MJ Thim said updates on the case were pending.
Two men died at the scene, Thim said, and a third was taken to a local hospital where he subsequently died.
The shooting, at the Bullion Brothers building at 3201 Spenard Road, was reported just before 10 a.m. according to a police statement Tuesday afternoon. Arriving officers found one of the dead men lying in the doorway of Bullion Brothers, which buys and sells gold and silver according to its website, and the other in the front area of the business. The third victim was also found in the same business; he was hospitalized but died.
“The suspect, an adult male, fled the scene in a vehicle,” police wrote. “During this time, officers received a tip that the suspect was headed to the Jewel Lake area. Officers spotted the suspect on Dimond Boulevard and safely took him into custody in the area of Dimond Boulevard and Minnesota Drive.”
Police were still questioning the suspect and "multiple witnesses" Tuesday afternoon. Thim said charges against the suspect were still pending, but that no other suspects are being sought in the triple shooting.
Thim declined to identify any specific motive behind Tuesday’s shootings, or discuss whether any items had been taken from Bullion Brothers or found in the suspect’s vehicle. Investigators were trying to determine the nature of any possible relationship between the suspect and the victims.
“We’re looking at multiple (crime) theories at this time,” Thim said. “We’re still trying to ascertain exactly how they knew each other.”
Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said the shooting is Anchorage's first with three fatalities since the 2015 deaths of Curtis Young III, his girlfriend and their two children -- killings investigators concluded were a murder-suicide committed by Young.
Tuesday's deaths mean Anchorage has overtaken its count of homicide victims relative to the same date in 2016, a year which saw the city’s highest homicide toll since 1995.
“Including today we’ve had 24 homicides with 28 victims,” Oistad wrote in an email. “At this time last year we had 21 homicides with 27 victims (2 of which were officer-involved).”
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story inaccurately reported that the detained suspect had been arrested.
Patrick Moussignac and Nick Swann contributed information to this story.