Alleged Fred Meyer shooters fled the state: Docs
A man who pulled a gun from his girlfriend's purse then fired a shot inside the Muldoon Fred Meyer faces multiple charges including attempted murder.
Eric Dewayne Lee Jr. and his girlfriend, Linda Eve Kathleen McGrew, appeared in court Thursday for multiple counts including assault, reckless endangerment, misconduct involving weapons and attempted murder.
Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Renee Oistad said on January 11, police responded to the Fred Meyer location in the 7700 block of Debarr Road around 7:20 p.m. after receiving a report of shots fired.
"Officers responded, and located a hole from a gunshot inside the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union located inside of the store, and a 9mm spent casing nearby," charging documents said.
APD reviewed surveillance video where they saw Lee, McGrew and a toddler in the self-checkout line, according to charging documents. Lee was also seen looking in the direction of Alaska USA.
"Lee is seen looking at three adult males standing in the line in the Alaska USA FCU," charging documents said. "In addition to the three males- who left the store without speaking with police- another male and female were also in line at the bank."
Lee was then seen taking what appeared to be a handgun out of McGrew's purse, walked towards the bank, pointed the gun at the three males and fired a single round before he ran out of the store, charging documents said. McGrew took off with the toddler immediately after Lee took the gun.
No one was hurt. Witnesses gave police a description of what the couple looked like, along with a description of the suspect vehicle. The next day, officers conducted a traffic stop on a white Kia Optima with Washington plates that matched witness descriptions.
APD detectives were able to identify the suspects by Lee's DMV photo and social media accounts, which included pictures of the toddler who was also seen in surveillance video.
On January 17, an anonymous caller talked to APD and identified the shooter as Lee and stated he drove a white sedan and had a girlfriend named Linda McGrew.
According to detectives, Lee and McGrew took an impromptu trip out of state within days of the shooting and returned around February 14.
According to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Lee has no criminal history outside of Alaska. However, according to the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (ASPIN), he has two misdemeanors: a pending charge of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct from 2017.
The sentence for first-degree attempted murder is between five and 99 years.
Daniella Rivera and Heather Hintze contributed to this story
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