The preliminary investigation found that there was an altercation between a group of juveniles that started in the area of the sports fields near the Sullivan Arena and ended in the woods near the Chester Creek Trail. The suspect shot the victims in the woods and fled on foot.
The deceased victim is an adult, not a juvenile. He was 18-years-old. His identity isn’t being released at this time pending next of kin procedures.
Detectives are aggressively working on identifying and locating the suspect. There is no addtional information to release at this time.
Anyone with any information, including surveillance video, is asked to call 311 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP.
Original 6/2/18 8:01p.m.:
Around 6:25 p.m., Dispatch received a report of shots fired in the Chester Creek Trail area near Sullivan Arena. A short time later, Dispatch received a report from someone saying they had been shot in the woods.
Officers with the Patrol Division determined the calls were related and began searching the area. They located two juvenile males in the woods far off the trail system. Both were shot multiple times. One victim was deceased, and one victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.
Detectives with the Homicide Unit and Officers with the Crime Scene Team are headed to the scene. Trail access at 20th Avenue and C Street is closed due to the investigation. Please avoid the area.
Anyone with any information, including surveillance video, should call 911 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP.