Man dead, SUV sought in downtown New Year's shooting
Anchorage’s first homicide of 2018 occurred just minutes into the new year according to police, who are seeking an SUV and its occupants in connection with the case.
Timothy Smith, 39, was the man killed in the shooting, police said in a statement Monday afternoon.
Police received a shots-fired call from the area of 4th Avenue and D Street just after 12:15 a.m. Monday, according to a statement from APD spokeswoman Nora Morse.
“Officers arrived on scene to find one adult male victim with multiple gunshot wounds,” Morse wrote. “He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
Morse said the shooting occurred outside, and not in a business. KTVA staff saw police taping off much of the area as a crime scene.
A witness to the shooting said Smith had been headed from the Gaslight Lounge to the Avenue Bar when he was shot.
"APD is also wanting to talk with the occupants of a silver Chevy TrailBlazer that was in the area at the time the shooting occurred," police wrote Monday afternoon.
The Anchorage Downtown Partnership's executive director, Jamie Boring, said the shooting added an ominous note to the city's New Year's Eve celebration Sunday evening.
“What was an amazing experience just 12 hours earlier, or eight hours earlier, now maybe is creating doubt or fear in people’s hearts,” Boring said. “We should just reflect on what we can do better as human beings. This is not a downtown issue, this is an Anchorage issue, this is an Alaska issue.”
Boring says he believes in APD Chief Justin Doll, after the city saw a record-setting 35 homicides last year -- one more death than the previous record of 34, set in 2016.
“I know that we will start to see positive change very soon,” Boring said.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call APD at 907-786-8900, or contact Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.
Daniella Rivera contributed information to this story.
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