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Gunfire reported in Fairbanks Monday night, investigation is ongoing

(Courtesy Fairbanks Police Department)
(Courtesy Fairbanks Police Department)(Fairbanks Police Department)
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 12:14 PM AKDT
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UPDATE: After further questioning of several witnesses, it is now believed that both the passenger and driver of the truck involved were black males.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fairbanks Police have seized two vehicles as a part of an ongoing investigation into a shooting that took place Monday night in Fairbanks.

On Monday, July 13th, at approximately 5 p.m., Fairbanks Police Officers responded to a report of several gunshots being fired at 28th Avenue and Barnette Street. According to witnesses, a black truck with two occupants, a white male (passenger), and a black male (driver), and a black Mitsubishi Eclipse with one occupant was involved in the shooting. The passenger of the truck reportedly shot at the Mitsubishi with what appeared to be an assault rifle. Occupants from both vehicles were reported to have exchanged gunfire before leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

FPD Officers and Alaska State Troopers were able to stop the Mitsubishi on the on-ramp to the Mitchell Expressway. The sole occupant of the vehicle had a wound on his leg and a gun was on the backseat floorboard. He was questioned about the shooting but refused to cooperate with officers. His vehicle was seized for further investigation.

The black truck was located later in the evening and spent shell casings were observed in the driver’s seat and in the bed of the truck. The truck was seized, and a search warrant is pending. Further investigation has led officers to believe that all shots fired were fired from the truck and that the driver of the Mitsubishi did not fire his weapon.

This in an ongoing investigation, and the Fairbanks Police Department requests that anyone with information about this incident contact Officer Reuter at creuter@fairbanks.us or 907-450-6500.

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