ANCHORAGE - A college student involved in a early morning traffic mishap with another driver was shot in a parking lot and critically injured in what police labeled a road rage incident.
Police on Saturday charged Pesamino Faamasino, 19, with felony assault and three counts of robbery.
Police say he shot Stanislav Teodorovich, 20, in the shoulder at a parking lot near a gas station at 4th Avenue and Gambell Street. Police said the bullet nicked Teodorovich's aorta and damaged both lungs.
Teodorovich is a Russian citizen who enrolled last year at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
The incident started before 6 a.m. Saturday. A passenger in Teodorovich's vehicle told police that Teodorovich cut off Faamasino in traffic when he turned in the wrong direction on a one-way street. Teodorovich then tried to correct himself by making a U-turn.
The passenger told police Faamasino was visibly angry and stopped over when Teodorovich motioned him over. Both cars parked in an alley near the gas station.
According to the witness, Faamasino came over to Teodorovich's car with a gun. The passenger said they did not have a weapon.
Faamasino demanded their money and when Teodorovich began driving away, Faamasino fired a round into the car, police said.
Teodorovich kept driving but pulled over, bleeding from his shoulder and breathing hard, according to the witness. He was treated at an area hospital.
Police searched for Faamasino and the car he was driving and stopped him in northeast Anchorage. During the traffic stop, Faamasino told police he had shot someone near Gambell Street. Faamasino told police Teodorovich had been tailgating him and that both Teodorovich and the passenger walked over to his car.
While police talked to Faamasino, a woman approached them. The car was hers, she said, and Faamasino stole it from her at gunpoint in Mountain View, according to the charging document.
Faamasino was held on $250,000 bail.