Man found shot to death behind Anchorage apartment

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was shot multiple times and killed and his body left in a car parked behind an apartment building, Anchorage police said Monday.

Police on Tuesday identified the man as Joshua L. Fitts, 20, of Anchorage.

''We have a very active investigation,'' said police Sgt. Ken Spadafora. ''We have a lot of leads we're following up.''

A resident of the four-unit apartment building noticed the body in a white Nissan Maxima sedan and called police about noon Monday. Witnesses told police the car had been there since about midnight.

Juan Pacheco, 19, a resident of the apartment, said his visiting uncle looked out a kitchen window late at night to see the white car pull up. A few minutes later, Pacheco looked out.

''The only thing that was weird, I knew the car had been shot,'' Pacheco said. He saw at least two bullet holes in the rear driver-side window and the light on inside the car.

He also caught a glimpse, he said, of two men and a woman about 30 feet from the car, running away through a thick stand of sumac bushes and spruce trees separating the apartment buildings the street.

Pacheco said he never heard gunshots.

Police said there was no apparent connection between the homicide and a man wounded Sunday night in the same neighborhood.

Rodney Scott, 25, showed up at the emergency room at Alaska Regional Hospital with gunshot wounds in the buttocks, police said.

Scott told police he was struck in a drive-by shooting while standing outside an apartment building a few blocks from where the Nissan was found, about 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

According to police, witnesses said someone inside a white, older-model sedan fired six or seven shots.

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