Anchorage man attacked after sharing his faith

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old Anchorage man was attacked by two strangers when he tried to tell them about his Christian faith.

James Cunning was shot in the arm and punched in the face early Tuesday morning on a city bike trail.

Cunning said he went for a walk about midnight to reflect on a church revival he had attended Monday evening. Just before 1 a.m., he ran into two men about his age and began telling them about Jesus.

Cunning said the men seemed interested at first, then suddenly one of them punched him in the face and knocked him to the ground. Cunning said he didn't fight back.

He said the other man pulled a gun and asked, ''Where's your God now?'' then shot him in the arm.

Cunning was treated at Providence Alaska Medical Center and released.

There were no immediate arrests.

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