Nikiski shooting takes man's life, wounds three

Posted: Monday, March 13, 2000

ANCHORAGE - One man is dead and three others were wounded in a weekend shooting outside a home at Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska State Troopers say.

Justin Allen Meireis, 19, was shot in the head Sunday afternoon and died later at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, troopers said.

Zebulon Eugene Nudson, 22, was being held at the Wildwood Correctional Center. He was charged with second-degree murder and assault, troopers said.

The shooting victims drove up to Nikiski fire station No. 2 at Mile 26.8 of the Kenai Spur Highway about 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

``Two of the individuals came in and said they had gunshot victims in their car,'' said Battalion Chief Doug Nightingale. ``We went out and immediately grabbed the most seriously injured (man) and got him in the ambulance.

``The car itself looked pretty shot up,'' Nightingale told the Anchorage Daily News. ``Bullet holes all over.''

Justin Meireis' brother Robbie Huntley Meireis, 21; Gary Lee Waddington, 15; and Rich Louis Sanchez, 32; were wounded. Sanchez was treated for a wound to the buttocks at the fire station. Robbie Meireis and Waddington were taken to Central Peninsula Hospital.

Their injuries were not considered life-threatening, troopers said.

Troopers later went to a home, where they took Nudson into custody.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said the individuals apparently had been involved in a fight Saturday night. The next day, the men in the car went to the home to confront the man there.

That's when the shooting occurred, Wilkinson said.



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