Teen arrested for attempted murder

Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Alaska State Troopers arrested a 15-year-old boy Sunday afternoon for reportedly shooting at a vehicle traveling on Holt Lamplight Road in Nikiski.

Responding to a report of shots fired, troopers learned a teen-ager was hitchhiking with two companions and made an obscene gesture toward a 20-year-old male driver, who refused to stop to pick them up.

The driver, who had a female passenger, took offense and turned around to stop and talk with the teen.

The teen pulled a gun and pointed it at the driver, according to trooper reports.

The driver sped away as the teen allegedly shot at the vehicle. The teen then put the gun away and continued to walk toward Miller Loop. The victim drove to his residence and called police.

An investigation revealed that three bullets struck the vehicle, narrowly missing the driver and the passenger.

While questioning the victim, a trooper saw someone come out of the woods about 150 yards away and quickly duck back in after seeing the trooper.

The trooper went to the location and took two male teens and one female into custody. A 15-year-old male was identified as the shooter by the victims and by one witness. The weapon, a .357 magnum revolver, was found in the woods.

The 15-year-old, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, was arrested for two counts of attempted murder, one count of tampering with physical evidence and one count of weapons misconduct. He was taken to the Kenai Police Department to await transportation to the McLaughlin Youth Center in Anchorage.

The other two juveniles were released to their parents.

During their investigation, troopers found the gun had been reported stolen in a burglary.

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