Victim ID'd in fatal Jewel Lake shooting
Anchorage police say they've identified the man who was shot and killed in the Jewel Lake area early Saturday morning.
Police say, Kevin Napier, 37, was shot in the upper body and believe he died from his injuries.
Dispatchers first responded to a disturbance on the 3500 block of West 88th Avenue at about 2:30 a.m., according to an APD statement.
APD spokesman MJ Thim said interviews with area residents led police to the homicide victim.
"When we were interviewing people in the area, they were telling us what they heard or saw -- some people thought they heard a gunshot, some of them thought they heard yelling or noises," Thim said. "We were able to pinpoint that to an apartment building; we were able to find the victim in a third-floor apartment."
Police detained and interviewed a number of people near the building, Thim said. No arrests have yet been made in the case.
No suspect description was immediately available from investigators. It wasn't immediately clear how many people were in the apartment at the time of the shooting, or what events may have led up to it.
"Detectives are still trying to find out what was going on inside that apartment," Thim said.
APD's major crime scene RV visited the scene at midday Saturday.
"The police are always there," said one woman who lives in the Jewel Lake Villa apartment complex where the shooting occurred.
She says crime is a problem there and she is scared, but she can't move because she can't afford to.
The West 88th Avenue death was APD's second major response of three in less than five hours overnight Friday, following a fatal vehicle-pedestrian collision on the New Seward Highway. Just half an hour after the homicide call, officers responded to a townhouse shooting near the University of Alaska Anchorage that left two men severely wounded.
None of the overnight incidents were related, Thim said.
Homicide detectives are still looking for additional witnesses. Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call APD at 911 or contact Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.
Dave Leval and Rachel McPherron contributed information to this story.
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