1 of 3 suspects arraigned after Northway Mall gunfire
Anchorage police say three people are facing charges after two groups of people engaged in a firefight outside the Northway Mall Saturday, with at least two other suspects still at large.
APD spokesman MJ Thim said that shots were fired at about 12:30 p.m. near Shockwave, a trampoline park for children at the mall. Nobody was injured, but several vehicles outside the mall were struck by gunfire.
The motives underlying the exchange weren't clear Saturday evening.
“A group of what we believe are adult males met up in the parking lot outside Shockwave,” Thim said. “For some reason an argument broke out in front of Shockwave, and they decided to resolve the disagreement by shooting at each other in a public parking lot.”
A Shockwave employee said nobody inside the business heard any of the gunfire.
Thim said Saturday night that the suspects' SUV crashed near Rodeo Place, before they got and ran toward Bragaw Street.
"Officers caught the suspects in a parking lot near the post office," Thim wrote. "They were taken into custody, arrested and transported to jail."
Jessica Malcolm, Tajean Grant-McKay and Ebon Moore, all 23, were arrested and held at the Anchorage Jail. Thim said Malcolm was charged with weapons misconduct, while Grant-McKay and Moore were charged with providing false information; Grant-McKay also had an outstanding arrest warrant.
Thim said additional charges were possible in the incident, and police hadn't yet determined whether Grant-McKay and Moore had fired weapons during it.
"They lied about who they were when we were taking them into custody," Thim said. "It's still under investigation, but these are the charges at this point."
Malcolm appeared in court Sunday for an arraignment. According to court documents, she just arrived in Alaska two weeks ago to stay with a cousin and was hanging out with new friends she met through social media Saturday -- when the shooting took place.
Witnesses told police they saw people in a white sedan shooting at a red SUV. Malcolm allegedly fled the scene in the red SUV when it crashed as the driver attempted to get away, but was caught by police. She was in possession of a Glock .45 caliber handgun and a 30 round magazine.
Malcolm has a felony criminal history in California and is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, but was assessed as low risk under the state’s new pre-trial risk assessment tool and qualified for mandatory release Sunday. A state prosecutor told KTVA that the state’s assessment tool only looks at a defendants in-state criminal history.
According to online court records, a judge ordered both Moore and Grant-McKay be released on bail. They have not been arraigned on any charges related to the Saturday shooting.
Police are seeking other men who left the scene, although details on their descriptions weren’t immediately available.
“This was a targeted crime; this was not random,” Thim said. “These individuals knew each other and decided to use their weapons to resolve this issue in a public space, putting the public in danger.”
Anyone with information on the gunfire or the suspects, or who has surveillance video is asked to call APD at 907-786-8900, or contact Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.
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