A woman was critically injured and two men were hurt during a shooting that occurred outside a Downtown nightclub early Saturday, according to the Anchorage Police Department.
Police say there was an altercation involving 60 people outside Club Soraya, located at 420 W. 3rd Ave., shortly after 2:30 a.m.
Police are trying to learn who was involved in the brawl and the subsequent shooting of three people.
“Witnesses told police of a disturbance that began inside (the club) and came to an end outside of the club in the Sunshine Mall parking lot after about 60 patrons got into a physical altercation,” wrote APD spokesperson Anita Shell. “Multiple shots were fired, striking three victims.”
Police did not immediately identify the shooting victims, citing the ongoing investigation, but they did provide some details of what happened when emergency responders arrived.
“A 22-year-old female suffered gunshot wounds to her lower torso area and was transported by medics to a local hospital where she is listed in critical condition,” Shell wrote. “Two males, both 21 years of age, were taken to a local hospital by an acquaintance; one was suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, the other had a gunshot wound to the leg.”
Shell says it is unclear what started the initial altercation, but Club Soraya security turned on lights and ordered patrons to leave, at which point a group convened in the nearby Sunshine Mall parking lot.
"We’re still trying to sort that out, what started the altercation, but it culminated in 60 people being involved,” Shell says. “It just escalated from there.”
Shell says police unsure whether a single shooter or multiple shooters were involved. She did not immediately know how many people police detained after the shooting, but several witnesses are being interviewed at APD headquarters as the department's Crime Scene Team collects evidence.
No charges have been filed.
Anyone with information on what happened should call APD at 786-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.
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