Police Fear Holiday Weekend Could Spark Rise in Crime After an Overnight Shooting in Mountain View

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by Whitney LB Miller

ANCHORAGE - Shortly before 10pm Thursday shots rang out in a north Anchorage neighborhood. Callers told police three men had got into an altercation that escalated near the corner of Peterkin and N. Klevin street.

"When we arrived we found multiple shell casings at the scene," said Jennifer Castro, APD Spokesperson.  "There was also an unoccupied vehicle which appeared to have been struck by some bullets as well."

Castro says shortly after the start of the investigation APD got a call that a person with reported gunshot wounds had checked themselves into a local hospital.

"Police went to the hospital to follow up with that victim however that person did not want to provide police with any information or details about how they received their gunshot wounds," said Castro.

Descriptions given at the scene report that two black males fled wearing dark colored pants or shorts and a white T-shirt.

"At the end of the day obviously we don't want to see these kind of events happening especially when there can be so many innocent bystanders involved as a result of someone elses issues," Castro said.

With not much to go on, police say the shooter or shooters who fled the scene are still on the loose.

APD warns residents enjoying the holiday weekend to play it safe.

"With crime, alcohol is always the common denominator and we know that with fourth of July; especially with this gorgeous weather there is going to be alot more people drinking," said Castro. "What we really hope is that people celebrate safely and think twice about their decisions."