Early morning vehicle shootout in South Anchorage, one car abandoned

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Gunfire broke out at around 3:30 a.m. Monday morning, when occupants of two different vehicles began shooting at one another near a South Anchorage gas station.

According to Anchorage Police Department dispatch supervisors, the call came in early on June 4 that multiple shots had been fired on Abbott near the Tesoro station and Carrs grocery store.

APD said that no injuries had been reported immediately and that dispatchers checking with local hospitals found no reports of anyone checking in with gunshot wounds.

No businesses or homes were reportedly shot during the incident either, police told KTUU early Monday.

One of the two vehicles involved, a dark-colored Audi, was later found abandoned at the corner of Abbott and Elmore abd was taken in as evidence. The other vehicle has not been identified.

MJ Thim, spokesperson for APD, said Monday that the cause of the incident is under investigation but added a possible motivating factor based on evidence.

"Officers believe this is drug-related based on the initial evidence collected," Thim said.

Less than two weeks ago, a young child was shot in a similar drive-by shooting in which two occupants in cars shot at each other. That case remains unsolved.

Streets in the area were closed early Monday but were later reopened. The investigation into what prompted the shootout, and who was involved, is still ongoing.

Channel 2's Leah Schwartz contributed to this report.

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