Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Update On Tuesday Shooting Outside Of Frank Murkowski's Anchorage Headquarters

Here's an update from KTUU Channel 2 and from the Anchorage Daily News about Tuesday's drive-by shooting outside of Frank Murkowski's campaign headquarters, previously discussed here. Special Note: Post updated August 23rd at 10:30 P.M. with new information.

The shooting that took place yesterday outside Frank Murkowski's Anchorage campaign headquarters involved three cars and injured two people
. That's according to the Anchorage Police Department, who want help tracking down the suspects. They've identified the men who are believed to have started the gun battle. Arrest warrants are out for two brothers, who witnesses say used their cars to box in a third vehicle and then opened fire.

Traveling in separate cars westbound on Northern Lights Boulevard, police say 23-year-old Stafford Anderson(extreme left) and his younger brother, 20-year-old Treavonne Owens (left, both courtesy of KIMO Channel 13 Anchorage), each in different cars, boxed in a third car and opened fire at it from either side. That car's driver returned fire, and then, with his passenger, 22-year old DeShawn Phillips struck in the crossfire, he hurried to the hospital. At the same time, 35-year old Chris Allridge, a Murkowski campaign worker, had just emerged from the campaign headquarters when he was struck by a bullet fragment. Parameidcs transferred him to Providence Alaska Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Meanwhile, Anderson and Owens made a getaway move. “One of the involved vehicles had left and parked in the Sears Mall parking lot and occupants had gone inside the Sears Mall,” Anchorage Police Department Lieutenant Paul Honeman said. Detectives say mall security video shows Owens leaving the mall. But when their sweep was over, neither man was in their grasp.

Hours later, Chris Allridge (pictured at left, holding the Murkowski sign), the Murkowski campaign staffer who was hit on the street, was so dedicated that he still managed to make his way to Election Central, accompanied by Frank Murkowski himself. Allridge says he's thankful to be alive. “I was in shock at the time,” he said. “Couldn't believe, 3:15 in the afternoon, being hit.”

A day later, police say he and the other victim are in good condition. But they say they need help finding the men who hurt them. “So, yes, we consider them armed and we consider them dangerous,” Honeman said. If you've seen Stafford Anderson or Treavonne Owens, you're asked to call police at (907) 786-8900 or CrimeStoppers at 561-STOP (this last sentence is now redundant).

Anderson and Owens face felony assault and weapons charges. Court records show Owens is on probation for having a concealed gun at the Northway Mall this spring and also for assault. Anderson is at the end of a three-year probation for firing a handgun within city limits a few years ago.

Update: Since I posted this earlier, KTUU reports that the two suspects voluntarily surrendered themselves to APD. They are currently being held at Anchorage Jail on $50,000 bond each.

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