One killed, two wounded in Anchorage shootout

No arrests made, but police talking to man who may be a suspect

Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2007

ANCHORAGE - One man was killed and two others were wounded in a gun battle outside a lounge that has a troubled past, according to Anchorage police.

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The man who died was Dawnell Jones, 22, police spokesman Lt. Paul Honeman said. He was Anchorage's 14th homicide so far this year.

Police had made no arrests but they were talking to a man - one of the four - who "may be a suspect," Honeman said.

That man and the two wounded men are all in their mid-20s, he said. Police did not release their names.

Honeman said the gunplay broke out at about 3:30 a.m. outside Wolffie's, a lounge in midtown. A flurry of emergency cell phone calls informed police of the shootout and of a dark SUV leaving the bar's parking area with someone who'd been involved, Honeman said.

Officers rushing to the scene found two men on the ground, both shot in the torso. Not far away, other officers spotted and stopped the SUV. A man in the vehicle was taken to the police station where, Honeman said, "he admitted he was involved in the shooting."

Officers on the scene learned that a fourth person had taken part in the gunplay. Police then thoroughly searched the area near the lounge and found Jones' body in a strip of woods across the street to the south.

Honeman said it appeared Jones died from gunfire.

The two injured men were in serious but stable condition following surgery.

In October 1997, two men were each shot in the legs early on a Sunday outside Wolffie's.

Witnesses at that time told police that one of the two gunshot victims had fought in the parking lot outside the bar with a third man.

The gunshot victim apparently cut the third man's throat with a knife. The knife victim then pulled a gun and shot his assailant and another man, according to police reports.

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