Police ID victim, suspect in Spenard shooting
One person was shot to death outside a Spenard hotel Thursday night according to Anchorage police, who say the shooter remains at large.
Officers were called just after 9:30 p.m. to the parking lot of the Puffin Inn in Spenard for a report of shots fired, according to APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad.
“Upon arrival officers located a deceased male lying in the parking lot,” Oistad wrote. “There have been no arrests at this time. Police are setting up a perimeter and are working the scene; please avoid the area.”
Friday night, APD identified the victim as 22-year-old Jaymes Bradley.
APD says their investigation developed 32-year-old Orlando Holder as the shooter. An arrest warrant has been issued on the charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and third-degree weapons misconduct.
Holder is a black male with lots of tattoos. He was last known to have long hair but police say he may have altered his appearance. He's 5-foot-8, 135 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
Police say Holder is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.
"Detectives believe a group of people, who knew each other, met up in the parking lot and became involved in an altercation about an agreement between them," police wrote.
“What we know is that a group of people chose that parking lot to meet up about what they were meeting about, then had a disagreement,” APD spokesman MJ Thim said. “They used guns to resolve whatever that disagreement was.”
It wasn’t clear Friday how many people were in each group, or whether the victim’s group and the other one were both firing weapons. Thim said police were hoping to acquire surveillance video from area businesses to learn more about the people involved and how they left the scene.
Oistad said late Thursday that the victim had been shot multiple times, prompting police to fan out across a large part of the area looking for a suspect. The police perimeter had been cleared by 9 a.m. Friday.
About a dozen police vehicles were parked along Spenard Road near the inn's parking lot Thursday night, where officers at the scene said the victim's body remained during the initial investigation. Police were conducting interviews with people, some of them in tears, outside the inn near a decorative water fountain.
Employees at the inn said they didn't see or hear anything at the time of the shooting and were interviewed by responding officers.
Thursday’s shooting is Anchorage’s ninth homicide of 2018, including the March officer-involved shooting of domestic-violence suspect Zander Clark.
Anyone with surveillance video or information on Holder's whereabouts is asked to call APD at 311 or contact Anchorage Crime Stopper at 907-561-STOP or through its website.
Jared Mazurek contributed information to this story.
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