Shooting in Wrangell under investigation

A Wrangell man medevaced to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center Sunday afternoon with three bullet wounds was the victim of a retaliation shooting, the man’s fiancée said.


Valarie Nakamura, the fiancée of victim Daniel Barsay, said an individual was “raising a fit and asked to leave” from a gathering at a residence in Wrangell.

That individual was angry and hollering, according to Nakamura, and when he returned he had a .25-caliber pistol and began shooting into the residence.

Barsay was shot three times and taken to the Wrangell Medical Center and then medevaced out. Another victim was treated and released. Nakamura said Barsay did not have a history of conflict with the shooter.

Wrangell Police Chief Doug McCloskey said the shooting was under investigation.

“We are sorting through some things,” McCloskey said. “We know everyone involved and no one is going anywhere.”

The City and Borough of Wrangell, with a population of roughly 2,000, is located on the northern tip of Wrangell Island across the narrow Zimovia Strait near the mouth of the Stikine River on the Alaska mainland. It is 155 miles south of Juneau.

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