Kenai man shot in leg

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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