Police search for clues in Lemon Creek shooting

29-year-old man says he was shot from van; leg wound sends him to Bartlett hospital

Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2004

Juneau police are investigating a possible drive-by shooting after a man was hospitalized with an apparent gunshot wound early Wednesday.

Police Sgt. Troy Wilson said he could not release information about the man, who was taken from the Lemon Creek area to Bartlett Regional Hospital. The man received a leg wound that did not appear to be life-threatening, Wilson said.

A 911 emergency call alerted police to the shooting at 3:08 a.m., Wilson reported. The man was found near Western Auto on Glacier Highway.

The man told police that as a dark, older, full-sized van passed him, he heard three popping sounds and realized he had been shot. He said two people were inside the van as it continued in the direction of Anka Street.

Wilson said he couldn't comment about whether any other witnesses were in the commercial area. Later in the morning, officers searched both sides of Glacier Highway for clues. Wilson could not say whether they found anything.

"We are looking at all possibilities at this point," Wilson said.

He said he did not know of any connection between the shooting and a report of a substantial amount of cash found near Glacier Highway in the Lemon Creek area less than two hours earlier. Police did not reveal how much money was found or precisely where it turned up. A 17-year-old girl turned it over to officers at 1:31 a.m.

Wilson said there is nothing to indicate Wednesday morning's incident was related to two incidents that were investigated as shootings in mid-September.

An incident Sept. 16 on Glacier Highway near the airport sent a 29-year-old man to Bartlett Regional Hospital with a gunshot wound to an arm. The man told officers he was shot while phoning in a report of a gun shot at his car.

Shortly after 3 a.m. the next day, police received a 911 call from a man driving outbound on Egan Drive in the Lemon Creek area. The man reported he was just shot at, and his car had just been run into by a maroon Infiniti with Washington plates.

The Infiniti was located and seized in the Lemon Creek area. No arrests were reported in either of the September incidents. Sgt. John Boltjes, now retired, reported there was nothing to indicate the incidents were related.

Wilson said Wednesday that Juneau police are "still considering information" on both incidents.

Anyone with information about Wednesday's shooting is encouraged to call police at 586-0600 or Juneau Crime Line.

Crime Line is a nonprofit organization involving a cross-section of the community in an effort to aid police with investigations. Callers are guaranteed anonymity. It can be reached at 586-4243 or juneaucrimeline@yahoo.com.

• Tony Carroll can be reached at tony.carroll@juneauempire.com.

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