Anchorage Police are investigating an early morning shooting, Monday, that sent one man to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the lower back, and in the process bust a commercial marijuana grow at his house.
Police were called to the Chevron and McDonalds near the corner of Abbott and Lake Otis after midnight.
Police found 42-year-old Mark Purcella with a single gunshot wound in the back. He was taken to the hospital, and as of 2 a.m. was in surgery. His condition is unknown.
APD says it has received multiple stories from witnesses and those it believes are involved. Police do not believe the man was shot at the gas station.
Purcella told police he was letting his dog out at his house near 800 Center Street when a stranger shot him.
Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker says Purcella's roommate, Michael Hedgepeth, dropped the Purcella at the gas station. Police say as Hedgepeth pulled out of the parking lot, officers were just arriving on scene. Police took Hedgepeth in for questioning.
Officers left the gas station around 1:30 a.m. to go to Purcella's home. Police say it found a commercial marijuana grow.
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