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Gillam Way drive-by shooting under investigation

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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 12:00 am

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks police are investigating a drive-by shooting at a Gillam Way housing complex Thursday morning.

No one was hurt in the shooting and the suspected shooters have not been identified, according to Lt. Dan Welborn with the Fairbanks Police Department.

However, one arrest was made. An Anchorage resident found at the fired-upon apartment was wanted on a $20,000 arrest warrant since March for a drug charge. Police also identified and located a vehicle they believe was used in the shooting, Welborn said.

Police first responded to shots fired call at 8:56 a.m. at 1516 Gillam Way, the Birch Park I housing complex, he said. Witnesses reported seeing multiple suspects leaving the scene in a gold 2000 Isuzu Trooper. Witnesses provided police with a partial license plate number of the vehicle. Police are not yet releasing descriptions of the shooting suspects, Welborn said.

The suspects had left when police arrived. It appeared someone had fired at least seven large-caliber rounds into an apartment. The apartment was supposed to be vacant, but 40-year-old Etienne Devo was found hiding inside, Welborn said. After identifying him, police determined there was an arrest warrant out for him and took him to Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Within about 20 minutes, police found a vacant Isuzu Trooper matching the description on Stewart Street and impounded it. The vehicle had been reported stolen, Welborn said.

Police are working the case with Alaska State Troopers and the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit, Welborn said. They have several leads they are following, he said.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter:

@FDNMcrime.

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