APD: Victim identified in Barratt Inn shooting
Anchorage police have identified the victim of a shooting at Spenard's Barratt Inn Saturday evening.
The victim was identified as Javon Diggs, an employee of the hotel, according to a release from the Anchorage Police Department. Police say his next of kin have been notified.
Diggs was 40.
A suspect has been arrested on murder charges in the shooting of a man at Spenard's Barratt Inn Saturday evening.
Anchorage police said Sunday morning that they had arrested 20-year-old Theandrea Ignacio Luster. Police had converged on the inn, at 4610 Spenard Road, just before 9 p.m. Saturday.
"Initial indications are that there was some type of verbal disturbance between the victim, who was a Barratt Inn employee, and the suspect which led to the shooting inside the hotel," police wrote. "It is unknown at this time whether or not the two knew one another prior to this incident."
The victim died shortly after police arrived. A “large police presence” formed in the vicinity, and APD had temporarily asked that people avoid the area.
Luster was held at the Anchorage Jail on charges of first-degree and second-degree murder, as well as second-degree and third-degree weapons misconduct.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call APD at 311, or contact Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.
Elizabeth Roman and Jared Mazurek contributed information to this story.
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