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From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

2:20 p.m. update: We've posted an updated version of this story here. The co-owner of J.J.'s Lounge says that one of the men killed was involved in an argument with another patron just before the shooting.


12:30 p.m. update:

People who say they were friends with one of the victims describe him as a regular pool player at J.J.'s Lounge.

"This was his spot, and he was really, really close with the owners," said Isidoro Martinez, who briefly stopped by the scene of the shooting as workers cleaned the bar and reporters waited in the parking lot.

Employees at a children's dental clinic next to the lounge describe J.J.'s as low-key neighborhood bar known for horseshoes and a regular clientele.

Police still have not identified any of the victims. As I write this, I'm waiting to talk to one of the bar owners. An employee is washing blood from the exterior stone walls with a bucket of steaming water.

10 a.m. UPDATE: No arrests

Police still have made no arrests in the shootings that left two people dead and two injured late last night in Muldoon.

Homicide detectives are now interviewing witnesses and trying to piece together what happened. Police have declined to say what they think led to the killings.

“I’ve heard various hypotheses, but so far the story isn’t clear enough to release that,” said police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker.

Police also have not released a description of the suspected shooter or shooters.

Here’s what’s happening now in the investigation, Parker said:

-- Three crime scene detectives remain at J.J.’s Lounge, collecting evidence.

-- Two detectives are at the medical examiner’s office, where autopsies will be performed on the two dead men.

-- Police are not publicly naming any of the victims.


9 a.m. UPDATE: Road opened.

Muldoon Road has reopened in both directions.




Two people are dead and two injured after a shooting late last night in Muldoon, Anchorage police say.

Police closed Muldoon Road this morning to traffic at 6th Avenue as they combed the area for the shooter or shooters. The road closure could last until "mid-day," said Lt. Dave Parker, a police spokesman.

Several witnesses called 911 to report the killings at 12:16 a.m. in the area of J.J.’s Lounge, Parker said. Police arrived to find two men dead.

One body was lying in the southbound lane of Muldoon. The other was found in the area of the bar parking lot. Two other people, a man and a woman, were taken to the hospital for apparent gunshot wounds, Parker said.

Their condition was not immediately available.

“The male was shot in the arms and the female was taken into surgery immediately," Parker said.

Several people fled the area on foot or in vehicles after the shooting. In the hours following the killings, police had no suspects in custody but were interviewing several witnesses, Parker said.

“They’re digging through all the witness statements and trying to pull all that together," he said at about 4:30 a.m.

It was unclear how many shooters were involved, or if the victims also fired weapons.

(What you can't see in the raw video clip above is the canine unit trailing their police dog north on Muldoon, their AR-15s and shotguns in hand.)

Police have not publicly identified any of the victims.

Sean Orsborn, who lives in a mobile home park directly across Muldoon from the bar, said he grabbed his daughter when he heard the gunfire.

Orsborn said he couldn't see the shooters, but told his wife to turn the lights off as the rattle of gunshots continued. "We all laid on the floor and listened ... there was probably about eight shots fired," he said.

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