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Suspect charged with murder following fatal shooting at Anchorage auto shop

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Published: Nov. 15, 2016 at 3:45 PM AKST
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UPDATE - Wednesday:

The suspect taken into custody after the fatal shooting of a mechanic at an Anchorage auto dealership Tuesday afternoon has been charged with first and second degree murder, according to police.

Police say witnesses saw the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Trevon Allridge, arrive at the shop located on the 1000 block of East 74th Avenue near Old Seward Highway. Allridge then shot 51-year-old mechanic William Schmaus “for unknown reasons” before fleeing the scene on foot, police say.

APD responded to reports of the shooting just after 3 p.m. and Schmaus was declared dead at the scene. Officers found Allridge about two blocks away from the business just minutes after the shooting occurred, according to a Wednesday morning statement.

“Allridge was taken into custody and transported to APD headquarters for questioning where he declined to make a statement,” APD wrote. “Police have learned that Allridge is the acquaintance of the owner of the shop and has visited the shop numerous times before.”

Allridge is charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder. He is being held at the Anchorage Jail without bail, police say.

Schmaus’s family members have been notified of his death.

ORIGINAL STORY - Tuesday:

A person is dead following a shooting in an Anchorage car lot Tuesday afternoon, police say. The suspected shooter is in custody.

Police responded to reports of a shooting near 74th Avenue and Old Seward Highway around 3:09 p.m. Officers found one man dead at the scene. APD investigators roped off the property of TreJohn Auto Sales with police tape.

A business owner near the crime scene said portions of the road surrounding 74th Ave were temporarily shut down as police searched for a gunman.

“At 3:26 PM a suspect was taken into custody a short distance away,” police wrote.

Police spokesperson Renee Oistad said APD is investigating the incident as a homicide, adding that the suspect and the victim won't be identified on Tuesday.

This would be the 29th homicide in 2016, making it the deadliest year in Anchorage since 1995.