Man shot in AK Club parking lot


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Anchorage Police say a shooter is on the loose after a 27-year-old Eagle River man was shot in the parking lot of the Eagle River Alaska Club Wednesday, April 24.

According to APD, a call came in around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night. Witnesses reported seeing one man shoot the other before both fled in separate vehicles. Blood was found at the scene, but police were initially unable to locate the victim. He was found later at a residence.

In a press release issued Thursday, April 25, APD said the victim told them the incident began in the Homestead Lounge parking lot, where he had gone to buy drugs from the suspect. Police say the victim said he gave the suspect money, but didn't get any drugs in return. When the victim demanded his money back, the alleged shooter pointed the gun at the man's head and pulled the trigger. A bullet grazed the man's head but his injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.

"One inch down and would have been investigating a homicide," said APD spokeswoman Anita Shell.

Shell said police got eyewitness accounts from several people in the busy downtown parking lot.

"There was a meeting in the library that had just let out, so there were multiple people in the parking lot," she said.

Police are not releasing the make and model of the suspect's vehicle at this time.

Police said the victim fled to a nearby residence, where he treated the wound. According to Shell, APD officers tracked the victim down after talking to witnesses at the scene who saw him drive away.

APD is searching for a stocky male, possibly Hispanic, about 5-feet-8 and 280 pounds.

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