Police seek clues in two shootings

One man injured near Juneau Airport; no one hurt in drive-by shooting on Egan

Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2003

Juneau police continued looking for information Wednesday on shootings reported Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

One shooting, near the Juneau Airport, sent a 29-year-old man to Bartlett Regional Hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm. No one was injured in the other shooting, which occurred when one driver shot at another on Egan Drive.

The two shootings happened within 10 hours of each other, but do not appear to be linked, said Sgt. John Boltjes.

Police have not found weapons from either case, Boltjes said late Wednesday.

"My investigative unit is kind of stretched to the limit in terms of manpower," he said.

Shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday, police received a 911 call from a local 23-year-old man driving outbound on Egan Drive near Williams Express. The man said he was just shot at and his vehicle was run into by a maroon Infiniti with Washington plates.

Police located and seized the Infiniti about an hour later in the Lemon Creek area and interviewed its owner. Boltjes would not say whether the man is a suspect.

The two cars apparently had been involved in an accident before the shooting. Police estimated the damage to the vehicles at $5,000.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, police received a 911 call from a man who said someone had shot at his 1988 Chevy Nova. During the conversation with the dispatcher, the man was shot in the arm, he reported.

Police found the man in a Juneau Airport area parking lot in the 9300 block of Glacier Highway. An ambulance took the man to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment for a gunshot wound to his arm.

Boltjes said he could not release the man's name or his medical condition.

Julie Wyatt, who lives in the area, said she heard the shots shortly after she got home. At first, she thought the sound must have been something else, like a car backfiring.

She saw someone outside with what appeared to be an assault rifle. She learned it was police looking for a possible suspect, and she told her children not to go outside. She said it was the sort of thing she might expect "back home in Fresno."

"At first it scared me," she said. But she said it was good to know police were being thorough.

Boltjes said the department would appreciate hearing from anyone who may have witnessed the two incidents. The police department number is 586-0600.

• Tony Carroll can be reached at tony.carroll@juneauempire.com.

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