An Anchorage man has been charged with assault, weapons misconduct and evidence tampering after a shooting outside a bar on the east side of the city that left two people dead and two injured, police said Tuesday.
Van Chang, 29, is accused of taking a handgun from one of the shooters early Monday outside J.J.'s Lounge and fleeing. Police said when Chang ran, a witness followed him and Chang pointed the gun at that person.
The charge of misconduct involving a weapon alleges that Van Chang was a felon in possession of a firearm. He was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.
Police Tuesday also identified the two people killed as Ka Meng Chang, 28, and Emilio Salvadore Ramirez, 35, also known as Mario Lopez. Both men were from Anchorage.
Van Chang is related to Ka Meng Chang but police aren't sure how, said Anchorage Police detective John Foraker.
A witness who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution told The Associated Press that a man repeatedly shot another man in the bar's parking lot, with several shots fired at point-blank range while the victim had his arm in the air in an apparent defensive position.
Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said the body of one man was in the parking lot. The other victim was found nearby in the southbound lane of Muldoon Road, a major north-south thoroughfare.
Two other people were rushed to a hospital. A woman was taken immediately to surgery and remained in critical condition Tuesday. The other victim, a man, was shot in the arm and remained hospitalized.
The witness said the woman who was critically injured was the girlfriend of the man killed in the parking lot.
Associated Press writer Mark Thiessen contributed to this report.