APD: Detectives searching for suspect in Chester Creek Trail homicide
Anchorage police are searching for the person who they say shot two young men in the Chester Creek Trail Area on Sunday.
According to a release from the Anchorage Police Department, dispatch got a report of shots fired in the trail area near Sullivan Arena around 6:25 p.m. Sunday. Not long after, they received another report from someone saying they were shot in the woods.
APD officers believed the calls were related and searched the area, where they found the men in the woods far off the trail system.
Department spokesperson MJ Thim says it wasn't easy for officers to find the two people. Officers would call out, attempting to get a response. With each response, officers honed in on the pair's location. "Kind of like a Marco Polo example, if you will, for this tragic situation. That's how we were able to locate the victims. They were very, very, very deep into the woods," Thim said.
Police say both victims were shot multiple times. One 18-year-old man was dead when officers arrived; the other, who was a juvenile, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The identity of the 18-year-old is not being released at this time, as police are working on notifying his family.
A preliminary investigation found that the shots were fired after an altercation between a group of juveniles that started in the area of the sports field near the Sullivan Arena. Police say the altercation ended in the woods near the trail, where the suspect shot both victims before fleeing on foot.
Police temporarily closed trail access at 20th Avenue and C Street for the investigation. They are "aggressively working on identifying and locating the suspect."
Those with information are asked to call 311 or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP to remain anonymous.
Correction: This story has been edited to show the deceased male was an adult, not a juvenile, after an updated APD release.
KTVA's Bryan Dunagan and Cassie Schirm contributed information to this story.
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