Anchorage gets closer to homicide record
A violent weekend in Anchorage has left the city on track for a record number of homicides in 2017. Two fatal shootings bring the city's homicide number to 33, just one less than all of last year.
APD Deputy Chief Kevin McCoy said the first weekend fatality happened Saturday night in Muldoon around 9 p.m. According to McCoy, a group of people got into a fight near Sixth and Oklahoma Street and 20-year-old Brandon Irlmeier was shot. Irlmeier died at the hospital.
The other fatality happened Sunday night near 68th and Lake Otis. McCoy said this also involved an argument among several people. In this case, 26-year-old Joshua Statham was shot and later died at the hospital.
McCoy said another victim was expected to survive a third shooting that happened Sunday night. In this case, an unidentified man was discovered in a room at the Alex Hotel on Spenard. McCoy said a drug deal is suspected. None of the shootings were random, according to McCoy, and he also said people should not be particularly worried.
"It's unfortunate that we had two homicides this weekend and an additional shooting, however, we feel that the public doesn't need to be concerned about those specific cases," said McCoy. "These are all isolated incidents that involved groups of people who know each other or are associated with each other in some form or fashion. And in all of the incidents, there was some type of altercation that led to gun violence."
As of late Monday, police had not announced any suspect information or arrests. McCoy said so many people were involved in each incident detectives were still trying to figure out who actually did the shooting.
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