Suspects sought in 1 of 2 Mountain View homicides
Two Mountain View homicides in less than two hours early Friday evening appear to be unrelated, police said, with at least one suspect still sought in the later of the two cases.
APD spokesman MJ Thim said the second death, on North Bliss Street between Parsons and Thompson Avenues, was first reported at about 6:20 p.m.
"When officers arrived they found a 16-year-old male," Thim said. "We got information that there might be a suspect or suspects in an apartment building just down the road."
Officers converged on the area to make what Thim called a "high-risk search" of a nearby apartment building, but didn't find anyone.
Thim said it was "too preliminary" to discuss any suspect descriptions in the hours after the shooting. Detectives were still conducting interviews late Friday.
Police closed North Bliss in the area for several hours while they conducted an extended search, but roads reopened shortly after midnight.
The North Bliss death occurred just blocks from an earlier shooting, reported at about 4:45 p.m. at North Hoyt Street’s intersection with Thompson.
According to an APD statement, officers were called to the 600 block of North Hoyt for what was initially reported as an accidental shooting. First responders found a woman lying dead inside an apartment, shot in the upper body.
"Based on evidence at the scene, officers believe this shooting to be suspicious, not accidental, and have requested detectives with the Homicide Unit to investigate," police wrote. "Several people have been detained for questioning. There have been no arrests and there is no suspect/suspects information to release at this time."
Officers at the scene said the North Hoyt victim was in her 20s. Two people have been detained so far, in what police believe was an isolated incident in which all of the parties involved knew each other.
Police say they believe they've spoken with everyone involved in the North Hoyt shooting and don't believe it poses any further threat to public safety.
Thim urged anyone with surveillance video in the North Bliss area, however -- particularly between 5:30 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. -- to call 911 or contact Anchorage Crime Stoppers anonymously at 907-561-STOP or through its website.
"Give us a call if you’ve got any surveillance video around that timeframe," Thim said.
Friday's deaths bring Anchorage's 2018 homicide count to 13, Thim said, versus 19 on the same date amid last year's record toll of 35 homicides.
Ken Kulovany contributed information to this story.
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