ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two men were shot north of the Inupiat Eskimo village of Kiana by a man who then stole their inflatable boat and hunting equipment and fled by river, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.
The shooting occurred at a remote cabin Tuesday night near the confluence of the Squirrel and Omar rivers, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.
The hunters had stopped at the cabin, found the other man already staying there and were shot after an altercation, authorities said. Peters didn’t know if the shooting happened inside or outside the cabin.
Troopers were notified early Wednesday and were preparing to search for the gunman over about 40 miles of terrain. Outfitters and hunting guides were being alerted in case they have clients in the area, Peters said.
Officials in Kiana, which has a population of about 370, ordered a lockdown for much of Wednesday.
One of the men was shot in the chest and the other was shot in the arm, Village Public Safety Officer Richard Eunice said. One of the hunters was flown to a hospital in Anchorage and the other to a hospital in Kotzebue.
Troopers didn’t release the names or conditions of the hunters, although Era Aviation identified one of them as an airline mechanic. Era’s Kotzebue station manager Karmen Monigold said the worker is Paul Buckel.
Kiana is 510 miles northwest of Anchorage and 57 miles east of Kotzebue.
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