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APD Names 2 Deceased Victims in Downtown Shooting

By Matthew F Smith, Digital Producer, msmith@ktuu.com
Published On: Mar 11 2014 11:08:00 AM AKDT

The man who police say opened fire on three people yesterday evening, killing two and severely injuring a third, was still at large Tuesday as police continued their investigation.

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Anchorage police have identified the two deceased victims of Monday’s shooting in Downtown Anchorage, while still seeking information on the case from the public.

According to a Tuesday statement from APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro, 55-year-old Robert Workman, originally from Shageluk, died at the scene of the shooting, a tent east of Karluk Street’s intersection with 5th Avenue. Mae Melovidov, 47, originally of Saint Paul Island, was taken to a local hospital after the shooting but subsequently died.

“Police do believe the deceased victims have been residing in Anchorage for some time,” Castro wrote.

According to Castro, both victims were living in the tent at the time of their deaths.

"Indicators are likely that they were homeless," Castro said.

A third man was also transported for medical care with “severe injuries” and remains hospitalized, police said.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, police said that autopsies were being performed on the two victims who were pronounced dead after the shooting and said identification of the victims will come once the autopsies are completed.

No one has been taken into custody at this time, put on Monday police released a description of the man suspected in the shooting.

The description depicts a man of unknown race, about 5 ft. 8 in. tall, with a medium build, wearing a black jacket with vertical stripes on the back. Police said he was last seen heading west on foot toward 6th Avenue and Karluk Street. 

The surviving victim described the shooter as taller than 6 ft., with black or brown shoulder length hair.

Police said information on the case can be shared by calling 786-8900. Anonymous tips can be given to Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP (7867) or online at Anchorage Crimestoppers.