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Kenai man shot in leg

Posted: May 25, 2012 - 2:11pm  |  Updated: September 6, 2012 - 12:00pm

An 18-year-old Kenai man was shot in the leg with a shotgun at about 9 p.m. Thursday.

The Kenai Police Department reported Ian West was transported to Central Peninsula Hospital after an off-duty Kenai Firefighter found him shortly after the shooting was reported. 

According to a press release, the shooter, who is 17 years old, fled on foot. He was later found by Kenai Police and Alaska State Troopers unarmed on the Lawton Drive utility road just east of the Kenai Golf Course. He was taken into custody for first-degree assault. The man is not being identified by police.

The incident occurred near Parkside Drive in the area of Beaver Creek Park. A 20-gauge shotgun was recovered near the scene of the shooting. Police confirmed West and the shooter know each other. The shooter is being held at Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility. West’s condition is listed as fair at CPH.

Investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

Editor’s note: A previous version of the above article contained an error. The Clarion initially reported the shooting occurred as the result of an altercation. The Kenai Police Department’s press release did not mention an altercation.

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akdave 05/27/12 - 12:57 pm
Kudos to our local law enforcement...

...for doing such a quick and good job catching the shooter. Two thumbs down to the Clarion for calling a 17 year old a "man." A 17 year old is NOT a man, in any way, shape, or form. Neither is an 18 year old for that matter. These are children, they haven't earned manhood yet, obviously...

1coldalaskan 05/30/12 - 10:37 am
I disagree, akdave.....

It isn't really fair of you to say this 18 year old isn't yet a "man". From what I heard, he was home for a brief visit from serving our country in the military. If he is old enough to serve in the service, old enough to die for you and I, old enough to vote, and old enough to have finished school....I think he deserves the title of "man".

It can always be said that there are people of all ages who do not act like men (or women), but seeing as how our government and society as a whole have deemed 18 as the start of adulthood, I'd say he is a MAN.

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 05/30/12 - 01:09 pm
Many over 18 are not men either

Many over 18 are not men either and that goes up till 100+ age on some of the males who will never earn manhood.
Thats the trouble with most of the world & especially America we don't have many men, or women who will step up & be the fathers, mothers or leaders to show others the right way to go in life.
We have replaced right with wrong, good with evil and wonder why OUR society is crashing around our heads.
We wanted God & his rules to live by removed from OUR Nation, lives and have allowed it to be so at every turn and now we reap the results of those choices and it's not gonna get better until we repent as a Nation and call out to God for forgiveness. If we don't repent we will become a thing of the past & it does appear that that is exactly what happens to us when one reads the Bible and sees other modern day nations mentioned, but no America, the Greatest Nation ever on earth gone from acknowledgement by God for the End of Days.

Psalm 2

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