ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Correction: On Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, APD initially reported that an adult female victim was struck by a vehicle and sustained a gunshot wound. On Aug. 15, APD corrects their initial report, as an autopsy indicates that the victim was never shot. Instead, she died on scene from the "blunt force trauma" of being struck by the vehicle.
Update - August 15, 4:20 p.m.:
Autopsy results indicate that victim Patricia Phelps, 48, died from "blunt force trauma," when she was "unintentionally struck" by a vehicle on 36th Avenue and Oregon Drive, according to an APD Nixle alert.
Furthermore, autopsy results reveal that the victim was not shot. According to APD spokesperson, MJ Thim, the department initially reported that the victim had sustained a gunshot wound on Aug. 9.
When Channel 2 asked Thim why initial police reports were incorrect, Thim replied, "Base on the injuries... we believed that she (the victim) had been shot."
According to Thim, investigators still believe the incident was drug-related; however, he also confirmed that Phelps, the victim, was an innocent by-stander.
"We have determined she had nothing to do with the shots-fired incident," he said. "The vehicle took off, struck her, went through the fence, and struck the building."
He added, "She was walking in that area (sidewalk), when she was struck by the vehicle that was leaving the area of the shots-fired incident."
Additionally, Thim said investigators still do not know if the driver, who struck Phelps, has any connection with the shots-fired crime scene he was allegedly fleeing from.
Currently, Thim reports that no arrests have been made, following the victim's death. While investigators managed to speak with the driver, passengers and several witnesses, Thim said the department is still trying to contact one person-of-interest and one witness.
"The witness that we have was walking in the area as well," said Thim. "And so that's why we are looking for that person."
"We are still interviewing people," said Thim. "We received multiple tips from the public, and we thank them. But we are still looking."
If you have any information, or surveillance video, regarding the two males police want to make contact with, APD requests that you call dispatchers at (907) 786-8900.
Update - August 14, 10 a.m.:
In a community alert issued by the Anchorage Police Department on Monday, they identify the homicide victim as Patricia Phelps, 48.
In addition, Anchorage police are still trying to contact two individuals – one person-of-interest and one witness – regarding the 36th Avenue and Oregon Drive death investigation.
Read up on that story, here.
Update - August 10, 9 a.m.:
New details have emerged regarding the incident that brought a full police presence to 36th Avenue on Wednesday night.
According to police, their dispatchers received multiple calls of shots fired in around the area of 36th Avenue and Oregon Drive. When police arrived, they found a car that had crashed through a fence, striking an adult female. Further investigation revealed that woman had also been shot.
MJ Thim with APD said that they are not sure at this time what killed the woman, the gunshot or the vehicle collision, but that she was declared dead at the scene. Authorities are awaiting the autopsy results before officially declaring the exact cause of death.
"We currently believe that this incident was drug-related, and not random in nature," Thim said.
Thim said that police did interview the driver of the vehicle and several witnesses, but could not comment on whether the driver had been charged with striking the victim, or if any of the witnesses are considered to be suspects at this time.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information.
Update - August 9, 11 p.m.:
According to police, they got the call for shots fired around 9 p.m. Wednesday night in the 1800 block of West 36th Avenue.
"When officers got to the scene they found an adult female shot," said Public Information Officer, MJ Thim "We don't have anybody in custody, but we don't believe there is a public safety threat at this time."
Thim says they are investigating the scene and asking those with more information to call A.P.D at 786-8900.
Original Story - August 9, 9:49 p.m.:
Police say they are responding to an injury shooting on 36th and Oregon.
A Public Information Officer, MJ Thim, says several units have responded.