Man shot in Eagle River
Botched drug deal turns into near homicide
Anchorage Police say a Eagle River man was shot in the parking lot of the Eagle River Alaska Club Wednesday, April 24, following a drug deal that didn’t go down.
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 nearby 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 an unsepcified quantity of marijuana from the suspect. Police said the victim told them 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 him down after talking to witnesses at the scene who saw him drive away.
APD said the suspect is a stocky male, possibly Hispanic, about 5-feet-8-inches tall and 280 pounds.