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Troopers: Fairbanks man accidentally shot roommate

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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 12:44 am | Updated: 11:52 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Alaska State Troopers now believe that a double shooting that killed a Fairbanks man and injured another last week began with an accidental gunshot.

In the shooting, reported Oct. 24, Christopher Carter, 20, shot roommate Philip Villa, 21, before fatally shooting himself at their Fairbanks Street home. Troopers initially were hesitant to classify the initial shooting because there was little information available.

They now believe it was an accident, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

Carter died Thursday morning. A North Pole High School graduate and Army Reservist, he was training as a medic at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, according to his obituary. A public viewing will be held for him from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Chapel of Chimes funeral home.

Villa survived the gunshot wound and was medically evacuated to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. As of Tuesday night, he was in serious condition in an intensive care unit, according to a nursing supervisor at the hospital.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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