A downtown shooting in the early hours of New Year’s Day left one man wounded, according to Anchorage police.

APD originally identified LED Ultra Lounge & Grill at 901 Sixth Ave as the location of the shooting, stating in a release that officers first responded to a “large disturbance” at the address about 3:10 a.m. Tuesday.

While police were en route, dispatchers received reports that shots had been fired.

“The preliminary investigation found that a large altercation broke out at LED Lounge between multiple people,” police wrote on Jan. 1. “One adult male was shot once in the upper body. The victim was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. At this time alcohol is believed to be a factor in this incident.”

Days later, police stated detectives determined the shooting did not occur at LED Lounge. In a Jan. 3 news release, APD stated the altercation took place in an alley "next to a parking lot not associated with the LED Ultra Lounge & Grill."

"Detectives have also determined the shooting took place near the intersection of 5th Avenue and K Street as a result of the altercation," police stated.

One man was wounded during a shooting on New Year's Day 2019, according to Anchorage police. (Courtesy Ting Reif)


Ting Reif, who saw the shooting's aftermath, said on the Facebook group Anchorage Scanner Joe that officers had blocked off the area as they investigated.

Police described the shooting as an “isolated incident,” but didn’t mention in the statement whether the shooter was still at large. APD spokespersons weren't immediately available for further comment early Tuesday.

As of Jan. 3, police are still seeking witnesses who can provide suspect descriptions and information about vehicles in the area at the time of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call APD at 311.

A year ago, Anchorage began 2018 with another Downtown shooting, which left 39-year-old Timothy Smith dead as he walked from the Gaslight Lounge to the Avenue Bar at about 12:15 a.m. That shooting, which remains unsolved, was the first of what would become a total of 28 homicides for the year.

Editor's note: Initially, the Anchorage Police Department identified the location of the shooting as the LED Ultra Lounge & Grill at 901 Sixth Ave. On Jan. 3, police sent a release stating the incident occurred in an alley "next to a parking lot not associated with the LED Ultra Lounge & Grill."

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