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Two shootings in 48 hours, Fairbanks police investigate unrelated incidents

Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 5:49 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fairbanks Police arrested two suspects in two unrelated shootings on Sunday and Monday, that left a male and a female injured.

The first incident happened around 5:30 in the morning on Sunday. FPD responded to the Alaska Motor Inn for a disturbance, and while they were on scene, they received reports of shots being fired in the downtown area.

A male victim was found shot multiple times, including in his abdomen, but was still conscious. He identified the shooter as someone known as “Monster.” Monster’s real name was provided as Kelly Drew Smith. An investigation lead to the arrest of 49-year-old Kelly Drew Smith the next day. The investigation revealed that Smith had allegedly been involved in physical domestic violence against his girlfriend a few hours before the shooting happened. Smith was charged with first degree assault among other lesser charges.

The second shooting took place late Monday evening when 21-year-old Madison Erin Whitney allegedly shot her neighbor after a dispute. Whitney told police she thought the neighbor had something in her hand, and was defending herself after a verbal altercation. She said that the the victim lunged at her and so she shot the victim.

The victim had previously filed a complaint against Whitney for breaking into her apartment. The victim is expected to survive. Whitney was arrested and charged with first degree assault.

Police Chief Ron Dupee said the shootings are not related, and thanked all of the officers involved, “Super proud of the officers and the detectives that came out and worked the cases and are still working the cases. As I said before, these cases don’t just go away. There’s a lot of follow-up that needs to be done. It’s an ongoing thing.”

Chief Dupee asked anyone with information about the shootings to contact FPD at 450-6500.

This was the third shooting in Fairbanks since the weekend. A man was shot at the Hookah Lounge in Fairbanks during an incident early Sunday morning.

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