‘Bullets flying everywhere’ - witness describes East Anchorage shooting

Published: Jan. 29, 2018 at 11:41 AM AKST
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Police and residents dealt with a shooting Sunday night in which a woman suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot inside a trailer on the 5600 block of E 6th Ave.

A large police presence was

when APD received reports of the East Anchorage shooting.

APD spokesman MJ Thim says no arrests have been made so far, and no suspect information was immediately available.

“We don’t know if the victim was the intended target, if the residence was the intended target, or if there was something else in that area that the suspect or suspects were targeting,” said APD spokesman MJ Thim. “But again, this is not random, this is a targeted crime.”

A neighbor who witnessed the shooting led KTUU to a home on Elmwood Road, which had what appeared to be multiple bullet holes in its walls and mirrors. The neighbor, Chris Thielemann, said the first shots were fired at the home from a vehicle. As the vehicle was driving away, a man came outside of the home and returned fire, he said.

“I was sitting on my couch watching TV, my 3-year-old son just went to bed with my wife and all of a sudden I just hear rapid gunfire,” Thielemann said. “So I pull open the blinds of my unit and look and there’s just bullets flying everywhere.”

According to Thielemann, the same house involved in this shooting was also the scene of an hours-long standoff with APD SWAT on New Year’s Day. Police did respond to a home also on the 5900 block of East 6th Avenue on Jan. 1 after

The women were later able to leave the house and the armed man eventually surrendered and was arrested without incident. Thielemann claims the suspect in the standoff was the same person who returned fire at the vehicle on Sunday night.

Police could not immediately confirm the connection. Thim said he didn’t “have any information connecting the shooting to the New Year’s Day investigation.”

Police are asking anyone with information, or anyone with surveillance video of the incident, to contact them at 786-8900.


Police responded to an area in East Anchorage late on Sunday night, after residents reported hearing gunshots.

When officers arrived after 10 p.m., they found bullet holes and shell casings in the area of the 5900 block of E. 6th Avenue. Though signs of a shooter were found, no shooter, and no victim, were located.

MJ Thim, a spokesperson for the Anchorage Police Department, said that some time later, a woman was admitted to an Anchorage hospital with a gunshot to her upper body.

"Following the investigation, it was determined that she was struck during the shooting earlier in the night," Thim said.

Police said that the victim's wound was not life-threatening. Thim said Monday that the woman was inside a home when she was struck by a bullet.

A KTUU viewer who lives in the area said that a passenger inside a vehicle fired shots into the trailer, then said someone inside came out and shot back at the fleeing vehicle. APD could not confirm the details of the incident.

Authorites are asking for any witnesses to contact them.