(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Police investigate second drive-by pellet gun shooting in less than a week

The two reported incidents are not believed to be connected, JPD spokesperson says.

Another drive-by pellet gun attack was reported in the Juneau area Friday evening, just days after police launched an investigation following a separate reported attack downtown.

According to Juneau Police Department spokesperson Lt. Krag Campbell, there is no evidence connecting the two “random” incidents as related. However, due to the close time proximity the connection hasn’t been ruled out.

“It’s still too early to tell at this point,” he said Monday morning. “Since these types of incidents don’t happen often and the incidents occurred within a week of each other JPD will continue to investigate these actions as possibly being related to each other.”

According to a police bulletin, at about 10:56 p.m. on Friday, JPD received a report that a person in the backseat of a dark grey pickup truck shot what is believed to be a pellet or airsoft gun at a bystander on Riverside Drive near Taku Boulevard in the Mendenhall Valley area.

The man who reported the incident told JPD an object grazed his jacket, but he reported no injuries.

According to Campbell, the vehicle described by the man on Friday is different from the vehicle described during the initial incident on Wednesday evening when two women reported a person in a white SUV shot at them on South Franklin Street near the Lucky Lady Pub downtown.

Campbell said the investigations are still ongoing as of Monday morning and at this time there are no suspects.

Campbell encouraged anyone with information regarding the incidents to call the department’s business line at (907) 586-0600. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Juneau Crimeline at http://juneaucrimeline.com.

• Contact reporter Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651) 528-1807.

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