Boy, 3, dead after Utqiagvik shooting
A 3-year-old boy has died after a Sunday shooting in Alaska’s northernmost city, according to police in Utqiagvik.
A report of the shooting, at a residence in the community formerly known as Barrow, came in just before 5 p.m. Sunday according to a statement from the North Slope Borough Police Department.
“The juvenile was transported to Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital by the North Slope Borough Fire Department,” police wrote. “The juvenile [succumbed] to his injuries while in transport on medevac (airplane ambulance) to Anchorage.”
The statement didn’t say whether the shooting was deliberate or accidental, or whether it was self-inflicted.
“The circumstances of the death are currently under investigation,” police wrote. “There is no public safety concern to the residents of Utqiagvik to report. This news has hit our community hard and we have no names to release at this time and because of the fact the deceased is a minor.”
Jeffrey Brown, the department’s deputy chief, declined to answer any further questions about the shooting Tuesday. According to Brown, the department’s ranking official after The Arctic Sounder reported borough Mayor Harry Brower fired police chief Travis Welch earlier this month, the statement constituted “all the information that we have to provide at this time.”
Police plan to release more details about what happened once their investigation has been completed.
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