Four Charged After South Anchorage Fight Escalates to Gunfire
Anchorage police say one teenager was shot and another was beaten in a fight outside a South Anchorage store Wednesday night, with four people facing various charges afterward.
In a Thursday statement on the case, APD spokesperson Anita Shell says police responded at about 11 p.m. to the parking lot outside the Sports Authority store at 8931 Old Seward Hwy., just east of the Dimond Center mall. Witnesses told police about two dozen people had gathered there to see a fight between two males who were participating in “an ongoing dispute,” which eventually grew to include three males beating up a 16-year-old involved in the original altercation.
“At some point, a member of the audience produced a gun and began firing into the air,” Shell wrote. “This action prompted others to begin shooting. Shots rang out from several different guns before the crowd dispersed.”
Medics took both a 16-year-old girl and the 16-year-old beating victim to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
So why do I carry a weapon?
a. This is less than two miles from our house.
b. This is the second shooting in that parking lot since we've been here.
c. You just never know.
But Reverend Paul, you may ask, what are you going to do if a shooting happens while you're there?
That's easy, friend; as a last resort, if we're pinned down in the parking lot and can't get away, I might have to use the pistol to protect myself and my loved ones.
It's not what I want to happen ... but sometimes bad things happen. Life is about choices, and I choose to be as prepared as possible.