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Police arrest a man in connection to the deadly shooting near downtown Anchorage Saturday, victim identifed

Gambell Street remains closed between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue after early Saturday morning...
Gambell Street remains closed between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue after early Saturday morning shooting.(KTUU)
Published: Jun. 19, 2021 at 4:44 AM AKDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2021 at 11:53 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - One adult female is dead and four others are injured following a shooting near the corner of East 3rd Avenue and Gambell Street, according to a community alert from the Anchorage Police Department Saturday.

The adult female victim was taken to an area hospital where she died of her injuries. The other four victims were also taken to an area hospital. According to Acting APD Chief Ken McCoy, the four were critically injured.

Police have identified the woman who died as 37-year-old Jaclyn Welcome.

According to police, officers responded to the scene at 2:43 a.m. on Saturday in reference to a shooting.

McCoy says in the early morning hours a large group of people was gathered in the area. An altercation broke out between two groups of people in separate vehicles. That is when shots were fired. When officers arrived they found three adult male and two adult female victims.

Police identified a man who has been arrested in connection to the shooting. He is 21-years-old Anthony Herring.

“This technically will be considered a mass shooting with four or more victims,” McCoy said.

The shooting is currently being investigated as a homicide. McCoy added this is the ninth one of this year.

“Our numbers are very close to where we were this time last year. Over the course of the last three or four years were are trending downward,” McCoy said. “However, one homicide is too many and we are working around the clock to address these.”

Herring faces multiple charges including murder, four counts of attempted murder and tampering with evidence.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with information from a press conference and a press release from the Anchorage Police Department.

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