Suspects flee shooting incident

Juneau police search for man, woman who fired possible pellet-gun shots at walkers

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2006

On the lookout

• Wanted: Two suspects, a man and a woman, are wanted in connection with a Friday shooting in the Mendenhall Valley. Anyone with information about the incident or the suspects should contact the Juneau Police Department at 596-0600.

• Female suspect: about 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches, with long black hair.

• Male suspect: 25 to 30 years old, 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 4 inches, with thin build.

Juneau police are seeking a man and a woman involved in a weekend shooting on a bike trail along Mendenhall Loop Road, officials said Monday.

No arrests have been made, but Juneau police say they have suspects.

"We have a couple of leads that we are tracking down," police Capt. Jerry Nankervis said.

Two Juneau residents, a man, 26, and a woman, 33, reported being shot with some type of gun - possibly a pellet gun - by another man and woman at 11:39 p.m. Friday. The two said they were arguing while walking on the bike path next to the Kodzoff Acres Mobile Home Park on Mendenhall Loop Road, when another couple, who they didn't know, emerged and said they were disturbing their peace.

Words were exchanged and a fight ensued, police said.

The female suspect then allegedly pulled out a gun and shot both victims. Nankervis said they are still trying to determine what kind of gun was used and how far the victims were when they were shot. At one point, the two groups were close enough to touch each other, Nankervis said.

The male victim was struck in the middle of his forehead and the woman suffered a half-inch cut near the left eye, police said. Both received cuts and swelling where they were hit with the projectile from the gun. The victims were taken to the Bartlett Regional Hospital and later released.

Nankerviz said the names of the victims are being withheld, pending capture of the suspects, out of concern for their safety.

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The suspects fled into the Kodzoff No. 1 mobile home park and could not be located that night, police said.

The suspects could face felony charges, the severity of which depends on the type of gun used and their motivation. Charges would carry a likely minimum of one year in jail, Nankervis said.

If it was a pellet gun, for example, chances are low a death would have resulted from the shooting. If it was a typical firearm, however, Nankervis said "you could be looking at something very serious, such as attempted murder."

• Brittany Retherford can be reached at brittany.retherford@juneauempire.com.



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