An Anchorage man has been indicted on charges related to a November shooting at a Midtown bar that left three people wounded, after turning himself in Wednesday.
According to a statement from Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro, 26-year-old Wills Johnbaptiste is being held in connection with the shooting at the Office Lounge, at 545 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Police were called to the scene at about 2 a.m. that morning, with medics hospitalizing a man and a woman.
“A total of three people were injured in the shooting -- two victims who suffered bullet wounds and one victim who was grazed by a bullet,” Castro wrote. “All victims are in stable recovery.”
A grand jury indicted Johnbaptiste on two counts of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault and one count of second-degree misconduct involving weapons. A warrant for his arrest had been issued last week.
Castro thanked Office Lounge employees and staff for their help, as well as assistance from Army Criminal Investigation Command investigators on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. She says that while Johnbaptiste isn't a soldier, "many of the witnesses to the shooting were" and the Army's help has been valuable in locating and interviewing them.
In June, a man was struck in the leg and left in critical condition after another shooting at the lounge. Castro says no links have been discovered between Johnbaptiste and the June shooting.
"I don't think investigators have made that connection," Castro said. "That case remains an open investigation as well."