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.
Shell says police received a massive amount of information about the case, citing the quantity of documents as a delaying factor in releasing information.
“It’s about a hundred-page police report,” Shell said.
Shell declined to say what the dispute between the two men at the center of the fight involved. While it’s not clear how many people actually fired weapons in the exchange, Shell says the incident is “not necessarily gang-related.”
“There were several things they were fighting over,” Shell said. “The two men said they were going to meet in this parking lot and fight this dispute out, and one of the guys brought multiple friends.”
A 17-year-old male was charged with third-degree assault in the case and referred to the McLaughlin Youth Center. Shell says it's not clear whether the assault charge was linked to the fight or the shooting.
Three adults also face charges, apparently not in direct relation to the case. Andy Garcia, 18, had an outstanding assault warrant and was charged with sixth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, 19-year-old Matthew Colding was arrested on a robbery warrant, and 22-year-old Benkasey Celado Jr. was cited and released for driving with a suspended license.
Editor's note: An initial APD report that Benkasey Celado Jr. was arrested for third-degree assault has been corrected by the department.
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