At 7:55 PM on Monday, April 27, 2020, Anchorage Police responded to the report of shots fired at the Mountain View Car Wash at 3433 Commercial Drive. The suspect vehicle was reported to be a tan Toyota with several occupants inside. A detective in the area saw the suspect vehicle and aired its location. Patrol officers initiated a traffic stop on the Toyota at Bragaw and Richmond. The suspect driver did not yield and continued to drive in a reckless manner through the neighborhood. The Toyota became immobile when it crashed into a fence in an alleyway on the 600-block of Klevin; all of the occupants fled on foot.
One of the passengers, 22-year-old Dobson L. Leifi, was seen entering an apartment complex on the 600-block of N Flower Street. Leifi was found inside the apartment bathroom of a person whom he did not know. The resident was at home at the time and did not hear Leifi enter her apartment as she was in a room away from the front door. She was not injured and Leifi was taken into custody without incident. Three others were taken into custody in the Mountain View area as well. All four were transported to the Anchorage Police Department for questioning.
Initial indications are that 35-year-old Alexander Ellerbe JR was driving the Toyota past the car wash when Leifi, who was seated behind Ellerbe, fired a handgun more than once in the direction of the car wash. An adult female was washing her car in one of the bays at the time of the shooting; she was not injured nor was anyone else. Whether or not the female was specifically targeted, or what the motive of the shooting was, are still under investigation.
After the interviews were over, Ellerbe was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on the charges of Fail to Stop, Reckless Driving, and Criminal Mischief IV.
Leifi was jailed on the charges of Misconduct Involving a Weapon I, Misconduct Involving a Weapon II, Assault III, Criminal Trespass, and Reckless Endangerment.
The other two were released without being charged. The suspect’s vehicle was towed for evidence. It was found to have license plates on it that were assigned to a different vehicle.