ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Wednesday 11:20 a.m. UPDATE:
Anchorage police identify the Spenard Road victim as Craig Berumen II, 32. Berumen was previously acquitted of the 2008 homicide of Jennifer Jacobson, says APD.
Police also look to speak with two new individuals, whom might have information, regarding the case. The "persons of interest" are Joseph Millard, 24, and Emma Alto, 31. Police ask that these two people contact dispatchers at (907) 786-8900.
(App users, profiles of Millard and Alto can be found here).
Thursday 10:05 a.m. UPDATE:
Yesterday's "person of interest" Chaz Shanigan, 21, has been taken into custody, by the Anchorage Police Department.
Shanigan is not a suspect in the early morning homicide, according to police; however, they believe he has information, regarding the case.
Police arrested Shanigan, because he has a separate felony warrant, after he escaped from the Cordova Center last month.
Wednesday 10:35 a.m. UPDATE:
Anchorage Police have released information regarding a "person of interest" in connection with the early morning homicide case.
Following investigations at the scene, APD has identified Chaz Shanigan, 21, as a person they believe could provide them with information on the case.
For app users, a mug shot of Shanigan can be found here.
Police are not identifying Shanigan as a suspect in the homicide, but instead are asking anyone who knows his whereabouts to contact police, as they want to speak with him.
Shanigan was arrested in 2014 and again in 2015 for charges related to vehicle theft. APD issued an alert of a felony warrant for Shanigan last month after he escaped from the Cordova Center.
Shanigan is being described as "5’09” tall, 150 pounds with brown hair and eyes" in an APD community Nixle alert. This was the first such alert from police this morning, who did not immediately issue a statement when the shooting occurred and units were dispatched after 5 a.m. this morning.
In addition to identifying Shanigan as a person of interest, the message also clarifies that the homicide does not appear to be a random killing. "Initial indications are that this was a targeted event and there is no public safety concern," APD writes.
Police say the victim's identity will be released once next of kin have been notified.
Police are investigating a homicide in the 4000 block of Spenard Road after a body was found early Wednesday morning.
The victim, who has not yet been identified by authorities, was found in the passenger seat of a car outside a McDonald's restaurant near the Executive Suites / America's Best Value Inn.
APD dispatch originally said that the body was being processed as a death investigation. Police later confirmed it to be a homicide investigation.
The body was found at roughly 5:17 a.m. after people nearby reportedly heard multiple gunshots and a “disturbance,” Anchorage Police said.
During the disturbance, a man reportedly jumped out of an upper story window at a hotel next door to the Spenard McDonald's.
Then, APD said the man then got into an SUV as a passenger, which drove away from the hotel and ended up at the McDonald's.
The man was apparently trying to get out of the vehicle when he was fatally shot.
Lt. John McKinnon said there are multiple witnesses, however no one is in custody yet, and the investigation is ongoing. A description of the person or persons responsible was not immediately available, however police are asking anyone with information about the death to come forward.
According to Eric Anderson, an acting supervisor for APD dispatch, there's no immediate danger to the general public, and no roads have been closed off. The area between the hotel and the restaurant is still cordoned off until the investigation is finished.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.