Nov. 21, 2023, 1 pm update: Initial indications are that 29-year-old Saina Fa’atoafe fatally shot an adult woman in the Walmart parking lot and then took his own life. No one else was involved, police said. Since this is a domestic violence-related crime, the woman victim’s name will not be released by police.
Anchorage Police responded to reports of a shooting at the parking lot of Dimond Walmart at about 5:11 pm on Sunday. Police found an adult female and an adult male dead of gunshot wounds.
Police asked people to avoid the area. The shooting suspect or suspects have not been found and the store has been closed for the evening, with a crime scene that extends across the parking lot. Officers said they have cause to believe this is an isolated incident and found a firearm at the scene.
Earlier in the day, a man was found shot dead in downtown Anchorage. At 3:14 am, Anchorage Police mid-shift officers responded to the area of North Bragaw Street and Thompson Avenue, where an adult male victim was located outside and transported by fire department medics to a local hospital, where he was declared deceased.
A suspect in that shooting has been detained, police reported.
This story will be updated as details are known.