ANCHORAGE — A man was shot and his dog killed Wednesday at his home by a suspect claiming to be delivering a package.
The initial investigation into the daytime shooting of the man, who remained in stable condition Thursday at an Anchorage hospital, and his dog at the home in the Hillside neighborhood, which overlooks Turnagain Arm and the Alaska Range, showed no apparent motive and the attack appears to be random, Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said.
Police responded to the shooting just after 3:30 p.m. The shooting victim reported hearing his doorbell ring twice. He opened his front door and saw a man walking away, carrying a package.
The shooting victim, who owns the home, said the suspect heard the door open, turned and said, “I have a package for you.”
With his other arm, the homeowner told police, the suspect pulled out a gun and fired a shot that struck the homeowner in his torso.
The shot knocked the man to the ground. He got up, returned to the house and ran downstairs for his own gun. The suspect, police said, entered the house, shot and killed the man’s German shepherd and fled.
When the homeowner returned to the front door, he spotted the suspect getting into a vehicle and driving off.
The homeowner was transported to a hospital. Police described his wound as non-life-threatening. The man’s mother was sleeping in the home and was not harmed. Nothing was immediately missing from the home.
The homeowner described the suspect as white or mixed Hispanic and white. The homeowner said he was in his late 20s or early 30s, 6 feet tall, with short, dark hair and of medium build.
Police have not released a description of his vehicle.
Police appealed to the public for neighborhood surveillance video that may have captured the suspect’s image.