Police: Irwin Street shooting not random

Update, June 23: Daniel Rocero, 38, was arrested Tuesday morning and faces charges of first, second and third-degree assault, police say.

A shooting at a home on the north end of Irwin Street Monday afternoon appeared to be targeted and left one person with a non-life-threatening leg injury, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

The call came in just before 4 p.m., police said. The 35-year-old victim reported that a man entered the home, assaulted him while he was sleeping then shot him in the leg. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male standing a little over 6 feet tall and wearing a black jersey, but there was no clear suspect description, and no consensus on whether he left on foot or in a vehicle.

“We got conflicting stories,” said Sgt. Steve Childers. 

Investigation revealed the suspect and the victim had been in a seperate fight about a month ago, police said.

The shooting was a surprise for many people on Irwin Street that afternoon. After the first three police cruisers came speeding down the street, lights flashing, people gathered in their yards and driveways to see what was going on. Only one person reported hearing any gunshots. Others talked amongst themselves and looked at their phones, checking for news.

They watched as more cruisers rolled into the neighborhood, driving up and down the surrounding streets while police looked for the shooter. At one point, officers crowded the porch of a brown home a few houses down, talking to a young man on the front stoop.

As of 5:30 p.m., though, police knew only the suspect’s nickname, and no arrests had been made.

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