Anchorage man allegedly fired AK-47 near Muldoon movie theater over car dispute
An Anchorage man is accused of firing an AK-47 several times Wednesday morning in the parking lot behind Regal Totem movie theater on Muldoon Road, sending on person to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.
Bruce Mata'afa, 26, appeared in court Thursday to be arraigned on charges of felony assault, misconduct involving weapons and reckless endangerment.
According to court documents, witnesses told Anchorage police that Mata'afa and his sister had taken a red Ford Focus with someone's personal belongings in it. That individual, along with three others, went to Mata'afa's home to get the car back. None of them were armed.
Mata'afa allegedly greeted the four people with an AK-47 painted silver and orange in hand and directed them to follow him and his sister. They then drove to the Totem theater parking lot where the red car was parked.
According to the charging document, Mata'afa directed everyone to get out of their vehicles, then said, "you don't come to my house like that," before firing the weapon into the air, then firing at the ground and leaving the scene.
One man was shot in the leg and the red car in question was shot three times.
According to the document, Anchorage Police Department officers confirmed the bullet trajectory was West, toward the building of the theater.
Mata'afa's bail is set at $50,000 cash, with an additional $15,000 cash corporate bond.
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