Police say man lied about girlfriend's shooting

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 20-year-old man tried to concoct a story after he shot his girlfriend during an early morning car ride in Eagle River, Anchorage police said.

Rene R. Rodriguez was admitted to Alaska Native Medical Center at 3 a.m. Monday with a gunshot wound to her side.

Langonia I. Sekona has been charged with first-degree assault in the case, evidence tampering and weapons misconduct.

Sekona is in custody at Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility on $50,000 bail.

At the time of the shooting, the couple were passengers in a car driven by another man. Behind them was a second car, also with three people in it. Police said that after the shooting, Sekona and Rodriguez exchanged places with two men in the second car.

Sekona dialed 911 on a cellphone and told police dispatchers they needed to go to the nearest hospital because his girlfriend had been shot by someone. Police said the dispatcher, however, heard the girlfriend in the background, saying, ''I can't believe you shot me.''

Sekona initially gave officers a false name, police said.

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