Fundraising effort underway for Eagle River man injured in Jan. 4 shooting

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 10:59
  • Gofundme.com

An online crowdfunding effort has been set up to help the Eagle River man shot Jan. 4 outside his home off Regency Drive.

Anchorage police said a man — later identified by family as Jesse Basler — was shot by a “prowler” in the early morning hours while checking on vehicles outside his home. According to APD, when Basler went outside to confront someone going through cars, he was shot by another person in a nearby vehicle.

According to the Gofundme.com account set up for Basler by friend Julie Pemberton, the lifelong Alaskan underwent four hours of surgery to repair his large intestine and will need multiple surgeries to deal with his injuries.

“Jesse’s recovery will require a extended amount of time off work,” reads a brief account on the online fundraising page. “He has worked very hard in life to provide for his family and support his community. Let’s come together and work hard for Jesse to lift the financial burden his family is facing.”

As of Tuesday, Jan. 16, the site had raised about $4,500 toward its $50,000 goal.

In an interview with KTVA TV, Basler said the bullet he was struck by is still lodged near his hip.

“It went in my left side and went through my large intestine twice and then through my belly with the bullet lodged just above my right hip somewhere in there,” he told the station.

Basler said he spent a week in the hospital before returning home and faces a long recovery. He praised law enforcement and paramedics for their quick response. Read the full story at KTVA.com.

APD has not released any further information about the case. The suspects were initially described as a 6-foot-tall white male and an unknown male driving a red compact car. Police said anyone with information about the case can contact them at 786-8900.

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