Fairbanks police have detained an armed suspect who allegedly shot and wounded someone in the area Tuesday morning, prompting a request that residents of the Interior city’s Aurora subdivision stay indoors.

Police spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch said just after 1 p.m. that the suspect was in custody. An alert sent out just after 11 a.m. by police asked people to be aware of “a young male dressed in camouflage” in the area.

McCulloch said a shooting at a home in the area was reported at about 10:45 a.m., with the victim hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Police didn't have word of any other suspects or victims in the shooting.

FPD located their suspect, 19-year-old Benjamin James Kameroff Akaran, in a Yale Way residence in the Chena pump area around 1 p.m.

Akaran is jailed and charged with attempted murder.  

Officers from FPD were joined by University of Alaska Fairbanks police and Alaska State Troopers in the search, according to McCulloch.

Rebecca Hurbi, manager of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District’s digital communications, said lockdowns were in place at two schools for about two hours, from about 11 a.m. to about 1 p.m. The affected facilities, the Randy Smith and Anne Wien middle and elementary schools, teach more than 600 students – 378 and 297, respectively.

Hurbi said the lockdown stopped classes and left the schools’ lights off, with everyone in the building staying away from windows. The timing of Tuesday’s event left the two schools unable to serve lunch until after the lockdown was lifted.

Joy Elementary School was placed in a lesser sit-tight mode, in which outside doors are locked but classes continue, as a precaution.

Parents of affected students received three texts when the lockdown began, during it and when it ended, Hurbi said. Principals will be sending parents emails and automated voicemail messages Tuesday evening.

Shannon Ballard contributed information to this story.

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