Man charged in connection with shooting near community center

More than a month after an afternoon shooting injured a man near the Mountain View Community Center, the Anchorage Police Department says its investigation is complete and the case has been sent to prosecutors.

An APD spokeswoman said charges against a juvenile male suspect were referred to the Division of Juvenile Justice. Ieli Manogiamanu, 20, faces a single misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree misconduct involving a weapon.

Manogiamanu, who’s set for an out-of-custody arraignment in August, said it all began with a confrontation in the street near the community center. It was June 27 around 3 p.m. and he said he was in a car with the window down when he thought three guys outside talked some smack. He got out of the car to confront them; he said one of the three stepped into the street; he couldn’t understand what he was saying and before he knew it, the guy in the street had pulled out a gun and cocked the hammer.

Manogiamanu said the gun itself didn’t bother him but the cocked hammer did, so he pulled out his own weapon from the holster on his hip.

The person in the street fired. Manogiamanu said he was struck and fired back, hitting the road. After that, it didn’t take long for the police to arrive in the neighborhood en masse and the medics to come and take Manogiamanu to the hospital.

“I feel stupid because a bullet grazed my sister’s boot,” he said. “It could have gone differently, I know. But, I was in the moment and just reacted to the situation.”

He shot to get away, he said.

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