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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2006

Young man killed in Anchorage shootout

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ANCHORAGE - A shootout that police suspect involved gang members left a young driver dead near East High School.

The man's name has not released. He was found Tuesday evening behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer that came to a stop on the sidewalk of Bragaw Street near Reka Drive.

The shooting happened about 8:20 p.m., said Anchorage Police Department Lt. Paul Honeman.

Police believe people in two vehicles exchanged shots. Police were unsure whether anyone else was injured in the hail of bullets. No one else remained at the scene.

Teen charged in road-rage incident

FAIRBANKS - A 17-year-old girl suspected of slashing a woman's face in a road-rage incident has been charged with felony assault.

Maryland Wells of Salcha was charged Tuesday as an adult.

She is accused of striking a woman Sunday night while clenching a razor, slashing the woman's face from under her cheekbone to her upper lip. The woman received 15 stitches.

The victim told Fairbanks police that she and her boyfriend were driving on the Richardson Highway from North Pole to Fairbanks when a vehicle came up rapidly behind them.

The second vehicle began tailgating. The couple and the driver of the second vehicle, suspected to be Wells, exchanged angry words. Wells told police that one of them directed a racial slur at her.

At a stoplight, Wells reportedly exited her vehicle and challenged the woman to a fight. When the light turned green, the couple drove to a credit union. Wells followed and the argument continued.

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