Teen hospitalized, man charged with attempted murder after Anchorage shooting

Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 11:07 AM AKST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2021 at 11:28 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A man is in police custody after a Tuesday afternoon shooting left a teenage girl hospitalized with “life-threatening” injuries, according to Anchorage police.

After responding to a report of a shot fired near Denali Street and east 14th avenue around 3:30 p.m. Police arrested 42-year-old Odell Branch III after taking him to the Anchorage department for questioning. Police also questioned 29-year-old Bektu Tharjiath and several other unnamed witnesses, but did not make any other arrests.

At the scene, police report in a community alert that they found a teenage victim with a gunshot wound to the upper body when they arrived. A spokesperson with the police department was unable to provide a further update to the status of the victim when asked by Alaska’s News Source.

Branch was jailed for one charge each of attempted murder and assault.

This is a developing story. Check back for further updates.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include additional information and corrected Branch’s charges that previously inaccurately listed probation violation.

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