Fort Yukon man charged in shooting friends

Posted: Sunday, December 24, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 35-year-old man pleaded innocent Friday to shooting at four friends, killing one of them and injuring another, as they left his Fort Yukon house on one snowmachine Dec. 16.

Alaska State Trooper investigator Gary Tellep said Bill Carroll fired a bolt-action .30-06-caliber rifle four times, killing Warren Ward and injuring Crystal Fields. One of the four bullets went through Ward and lodged in Fields' back.

Fields had surgery to remove the bullet and has been released from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Tellep is assisting Fort Yukon police with the investigation.

Carroll was indicted Wednesday of also trying to kill snowmachine driver Jason Carroll and passenger Jodi Peter, who was sitting behind him, Tellep said.

Ward, 22, was the last of four people riding the snowmachine, which left Carroll's house about 5:30 a.m.

''They had been up most of the night,'' Tellep said. Alcohol is likely a factor, he said.

The three survivors told investigators they left the house because it was cold.

Tellep said no motive was apparent in the shooting and Carroll has not spoken much about it.

''It's pretty tragic and that's the extent of it,'' Tellep said. ''It's a sad deal. The only positive thing was the girl who was shot sustained relatively minor injuries. If it just went the right way it could have hit her in the spine or more people could have gotten shot instead of two.''

Carroll is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on a $500,000 bail. A trial has been scheduled for March 5.

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