Thane shooting investigation continues

Police say nearby gunfire the night prior 'appears to be unrelated'

Posted: Friday, April 02, 2010

Juneau police continue to investigate the shooting of a man at Thane Campground Tuesday night.

Police spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills said Wednesday that officers had spoken to several witnesses to the shooting of the man. Glory Hole volunteer Jim Alcorn said the victim was friend and fellow traveler Jon Gregory Lane, but "nobody knows anything."

"It's quite an interesting phenomenon," she added.

A press release from the department Wednesday said police interviewed several witnesses who said five to six people were sitting around a campfire drinking and shooting guns.

Several people at the local shelter, The Glory Hole, who were not present Tuesday night when the shooting occurred, indicated to the Empire that they believed a particular man was the shooter.

Criminal Investigations Unit Sergeant David Wrightson said police have spoken with several people with theories on who shot Lane, but authorities have not pinpointed any particular person as the suspect.

Police obtained two search warrants, one for a person and one for a residence, and recovered two revolvers and clothes with blood on them Wednesday.

Brown-Mills said officers were hoping to be able to talk to the victim.

Harborview Medical Center confirmed Lane is a patient at the hospital. The nursing supervisor said Thursday night that Lane was still in serious condition.

In what Brown-Mills said appears to be an unrelated incident, Juneau resident Rich Lyon said he and his wife were walking on Sandy Beach Monday evening and called police after hearing "dozens" of shots fired from a beach bonfire across the channel. He said he heard more than 50 shots that sounded like they came from two semi-automatic weapons.

"We felt unsafe," he said. "We thought police should at least shake these guys up."

Lyon said he ended up directing the police to the scene, watching the vehicles' headlights and the bonfire from across the channel as the gunfire continued.

Brown-Mills said a group of people were sitting around a bonfire and shooting across the Gastineau Channel around 8:30 p.m. on Monday. A 19-year-old man, who she said was not involved in Tuesday's shooting, was issued a warning for firing off rounds from a .22 caliber rifle.

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