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Anchorage police investigating fatal Airport Heights shooting as homicide

East 15th Avenue is closed between Norene Street and Nichols Street while police investigate a...
East 15th Avenue is closed between Norene Street and Nichols Street while police investigate a shooting that happened on Sept. 24, 2021.(Jay Kim/Alaska's News Source)
Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 12:07 PM AKDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2021 at 4:27 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A man has died after being shot in Airport Heights on Friday morning, and Anchorage police are now investigating it as a homicide.

They are asking for anyone with information to come forward.

Officers with the Anchorage Police Department responded in the area of East 16th Avenue and Norene Street just after 11 a.m. after reports of a shooting, according to a public alert. When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot in the torso.

Police originally said the man was taken to the hospital with an injury that was not life-threatening. However, they wrote in an updated alert that the man died from his injuries at the hospital.

The shooting is believed to have happened outside.

East 16th Avenue was initially closed between Norene Street and Nichols Street while police investigated. The department wrote in a 4:20 p.m. update that the road will reopen when the crime scene unit has left. They ask people to avoid the area.

Anyone with information is being asked to call dispatch at 311. No charges have been filed at this time and police wrote the identity of the man who died will be released when they have finished notifying his family.

The department said in an update alert Friday evening that they believe this was an isolated incident, and that it was not random.

“Detectives have contacted everyone believed to be involved in this investigation and are not looking for anyone at this time,” the alert states.

Editor’s note: Anchorage police sent a corrected Nixle, saying the shooting occurred near East 16th Avenue, not East 15th Avenue, and East 16th Avenue is the street that is closed. This story has been updated to reflect that change and with additional information.

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