At 10:17 AM on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, APD responded to a residence on the 30900-block of Prudhoe Bay Avenue in Eagle River in reference to a shooting. A four-year-old female was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper body; she is expected to survive her wounds.
The victim is visiting family at the residence and does not normally live there. Initial indications are that the wound was self-inflicted and the loaded handgun had intentionally been left on the kitchen counter due to the area’s bear population.
There was an adult and several other children in the home at the time of the incident. No charges have been filed at this time and the case is still under investigation.