Man arrested for Wednesday gas station shooting in Anchorage
Last updated at 2:42 p.m. on Thursday, May 19
Police arrested a man in connection with a shooting at an Anchorage gas station Wednesday night.
A preliminary investigation of the shooting at a Holiday gas station on C Street, led the Anchorage Police Department to identify 37-year-old Hershell Ray Shelton II as the suspected gunman, who was taken into custody just before 11:00 p.m. at Al’s Alaskan Inn.
At 6:57 p.m., a caller told 911 dispatchers that “somebody got shot” at a Holiday gas station near the intersection of 36th Avenue and C Street, according to APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad.
When police arrived at the scene, they found an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound, she confirmed. She said the victim had a non-life threatening wound on his ankle.
Multiple shell casings were found at the scene, and police were taking photos of bullet holes on the side of the gas station. The shooting happened between the gas station and a car wash on the property.
“Initial indications are that the victim and suspect knew one another and this was not a random event,” police said in a statement.
A witness at the scene told KTVA she saw two men on the sidewalk and another man and woman parked in a vehicle. The two groups appeared to be arguing when the man in the vehicle shot at the two men on the sidewalk. An APD sergeant at the scene confirmed a man, later identified as Shelton II, fired multiple shots at the victim from his vehicle before fleeing the scene.
Shelton II is being held at the Anchorage Jail and is charged with first-degree assault, misconduct involving a weapon in the first and third degree, tampering with physical evidence and driving with a canceled license. His initial bail was set at $25,000.
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