Alaska police search for suspect in mall shooting
Initial interviews show the shooting may have been gang related
The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Police on Sunday were looking for a suspect in a shooting at an Anchorage mall who may have been wearing a wig and fake mustache when a 29-year-old man was gunned down outside a barber shop.
Police said Edwing Matos was shot multiple times at the Dimond Center mall in south Anchorage Saturday. Officers were called to the scene just before 6:30 p.m., and Matos was rushed to a hospital, where he died.
According to police, an off-duty Alaska State Trooper tackled a man fleeing the scene. The man was taken to Anchorage Police headquarters for questioning and released, police said Sunday.
Homicide detectives interviewed more than a dozen witnesses.
Police said that initial interviews at the mall indicated the shooting was connected to gangs. However, they said Sunday that they had no indication that a gang was involved.
Witnesses told police a man wearing a wig and fake mustache was involved, and he was wearing an oversized, white sweat shirt and a white baseball hat.
Police said they are reviewing video surveillance at the mall and detectives are continuing their investigation.
The Dimond Center mall attracts more than 12 million visitors a year.