Police seek 2 men in Eagle River shooting

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 12:20

(UPDATED 12 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5)

A man was shot in Eagle River early Thursday morning, and the Anchorage Police Department is looking for the person they say shot him.

According to an APD Nixle alert, police were called at around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 for a report of a shooting on the 11000 block of Regency Drive near downtown Eagle River. According to police, an adult male confronted “a prowler” and was shot by a man sitting in a vehicle parked nearby. The victim was taken to the hospital with what were described as “non-life threatening injuries.”

The alleged prowler was described as a 6-foot tall white man in a gray hoodie and jeans. Police said the vehicle from where the shots were fired is a red compact car. No further description was given of the driver.

“We believe the prowler and the shooter were working together in the area targenting vehicles,” APD spokesman MJ Thim wrote in an email to the Star. “We believe they were tampering with vehicles in an attempt to steal or vandalize.”

Thim said the man who was shot heard something outside and went to investigate.

“The victim told ushe heard a suspicious noise outside and went to check it out. He says he saw the prowler tampering with his vehicle,” Thim wrote.

He said the report of gunfire was called in by someone in a nearby residence.

Police are seeking any information about the case, specifically surveillance footage. Anyone with info can call APD at 786-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.

This is a developing story; we’ll update with new details.

Here’s the Nixle alert:

On 1/4/18 around 3:30 a.m., Dispatch received a report of a shooting in the 11000 block of Regency Drive in Eagle River.

The preliminary investigation found an adult male resident confronted a suspected prowler outside his residence and was shot in the upper body by a male sitting in a parked vehicle nearby. The suspected prowler fled on foot and the shooter fled in the vehicle. The victim was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspected prowler is described as a white adult male and 6 foot tall. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt hoodie and jeans (possibly blue or black).

The suspect vehicle is described as a red compact vehicle. There is no further description of the driver. There was no one else in the vehicle.

If you have any information about this investigation, specifically surveillance video in the area, please call APD Dispatch at 786-8900 (press “0” to speak with an operator). To remain anonymous you may contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or online at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.

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