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    Wow, I was going to go shopping there today about when this happened but decided to do something else instead... You just never know when something like this will happen - this was in broad daylight, in a busy shopping area, in the middle of the day.

    http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/crime/story/819592.html

    Man dies after south-side shooting


    By JAMES HALPIN
    jhalpin@adn.com

    (06/04/09 13:44:30)

    A man was gunned down in a brazen, broad-daylight assault in one of Anchorage's largest shopping areas Thursday. The shooting sent him to the hospital with injuries that proved fatal, according to Anchorage police.
    The shooting occurred in the crowded parking lot in front of the Sports Authority on Old Seward Highway near Dimond Boulevard about 1:10 p.m. Bullets struck 23-year-old Joe Alfred Young Jr., who was in the back of an SUV, twice in his neck and chest, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
    Police had not taken any suspects into custody Thursday evening, and the motive for the shooting remained unknown.
    "From every indication, this is not a random shooting," police Lt. Dave Parker said. "There was apparently some kind of relationship between the suspect and the victim, but we don't know yet."
    The shooting spawned a sweeping response from police, who swarmed the parking lot and hunted across town for the suspect vehicle, described as a greenish sedan. They had not found it Thursday evening.
    Young was in the back seat of a gray Ford Explorer parked directly in front of Sports Authority, perhaps 50 yards away from the store entrance, when he was attacked, though it remained unclear why he was there. No one else was apparently in the vehicle when he was shot.
    The bullets shattered both rear windows of the Explorer, littering the pavement with broken glass. After the shooting, four small shell casings, possibly from a 9 mm, were strewn on the ground under vehicles in the next parking aisle over.
    A single black and blue sneaker rested on the pavement near ripped, bloody clothing. A streak of blood was visible on the frame of the open door.
    One witness said she saw two men approach the Explorer. One had a rifle and was shooting into the driver's side; the other was at the passenger side breaking a window. The woman said she didn't hear any yelling, but that she had her windows up and was busy driving her daughter away from the commotion.
    The woman said she told her daughter to get down and sped away.
    Another witness was across the lot eating lunch at Taco Bell when she heard the shots ring out. She rushed to the area to see if she could help, she said. At that time, the victim appeared conscious, she said.
    Young was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a hospital in critical condition, but he died a short time later, according to police.
    According to court records, Young has previously been arrested on charges of drug possession, theft, robbery and assault.
    His sister, Kristy Young, 25, said he went through a rough patch growing up when he fell in with the wrong crowd. After he was arrested about a year ago, he decided to clean up his act, she said. Young was currently an honor student at Charter College, she said.
    Police were continuing their investigation. Homicide and assault detectives working the scene were joined in the afternoon by the major crime scene unit van.
    Police were asking anyone with information about the shooting, or perhaps who may have gotten a bullet lodged in their vehicle, to call them.
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    According to court records, Young has previously been arrested on charges of drug possession, theft, robbery and assault.
    His sister, Kristy Young, 25, said he went through a rough patch growing up when he fell in with the wrong crowd. After he was arrested about a year ago, he decided to clean up his act, she said.


    Sounds like his past caught up with him.

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    Shootings in Anchorage don't happen very often, but they do happen.

    Anytime and anywhere!

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    N00blet45 wrote:
    According to court records, Young has previously been arrested on charges of drug possession, theft, robbery and assault.
    His sister, Kristy Young, 25, said he went through a rough patch growing up when he fell in with the wrong crowd. After he was arrested about a year ago, he decided to clean up his act, she said.


    Sounds like his past caught up with him.
    Yep, sounds like a hit to settle an old score.

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