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Anchorage Men Indicted In Connection With Park Shooting

February 3, 2015

31 year old Puipuia Alaelua was indicted today for attempted murder in the first degree, multiple counts of assault in the first degree, tampering with physical evidence, and misconduct involving a weapon in the third degree.

On January 13, 2015, Anchorage Police responded to Nunaka Valley Park after a man called 911 to report he had been shot in the face. The man reported that he agreed to meet with Alaelua to purchase drugs. After arriving at the park, Alaelua allegedly ordered the man out of the vehicle and then shot him in the face.

Anchorage Police and the District Attorney's Office believe there may have been additional people involved in the shooting. Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Anchorage Police at 786-8900.

If convicted on the most serious charge of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Alaelua faces a sentence of five to 99 years in prison.

The grand jury also indicted 27 year old Troy Mills tampering with physical evidence. Mills faces a sentence of up to five years in prison for this charge.

The indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Defendants are presumed innocent. The State must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Jason Gist @ (907) 269-6300 or jason.gist@alaska.gov at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.

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