UPDATE: Meineke window damage now a shooting investigation
What was initially called in to Anchorage police as a possible break-in and burglary is now thought to be the result of a shooting, possibly from a passing car.
Management with Meineke Car Care Center on the Seward Highway told Channel 2 this morning that their window was shattered by a flying bullet around 2 a.m. Monday morning. Their alarm, which is triggered by heat signature, did not go off until 5 a.m. when police arrived to investigate.
Due to this, management said they did not believe anything had been stolen, but a large bullet hole in the wall and a gaping storefront surrounded by broken glass led them to think they were lucky nothing was taken.
The police response Monday was swift, management of the auto store said, faster even than last year, when the same store was broken into, that time resulting in one of their vehicles being stolen.
"It could have been a lot worse," Meineke management said, sweeping a large pile of broken glass fragments.
Now, surveillance footage both on the store's part and in the surrounding area will be compiled to potentially identify the shooter or any related vehicles involved.
Police in Anchorage arrived at a midtown automotive service retailer, after an early morning commuter saw that the storefront's windows had been smashed in.
The call of the reported break-in and burglary at the Meineke Car Care Center came in just after 4:45 a.m. Monday morning, according to a dispatcher with the Anchorage Police Department.
Dispatchers said 11 APD units, including several K9 responded to the Meineke located at 3200 Seward Highway in midtown Anchorage.
Officers and the trained K9 combed through the broken open store to clear it for anyone inside, dispatchers told KTUU early Monday.
At this time it is not clear exactly what, if anything, was stolen from the store.