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Anchorage police seek public help finding shooting suspect

Police are seeking the public's help in finding a man who shot another man Wednesday during a dispute at a Midtown Anchorage park.

Daren Barnhart (Anchorage Police Department photo)

Daren Barnhart, 50, shot the man in the leg at Arctic Benson Park, causing minor non-life-threatening injuries, according to a preliminary investigation by the Anchorage Police Department.

The dispute involved multiple adults. It stemmed from questions over ownership of a bicycle, police said in an alert Thursday afternoon.

Officers were notified about the shooting at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday. The park is at Arctic Boulevard and West 31st Avenue.

"The group dispersed and fled on foot. This incident does not appear to be drug-related," police reported.

The individuals knew one another, and police called the shooting an "isolated incident."

MJ Thim, an APD spokesman, said officers were initially unsure whether the shooting was self-inflicted, among other questions. But they pieced together what happened and on Thursday morning nailed down the suspect's identity. As soon as police received a warrant for Barnhart's arrest, they alerted the public, he said.

The warrant for Barnhart is for a third-degree charge of weapons misconduct. He also has an outstanding misdemeanor warrant associated with an assault charge.

Police are asking for people with tips about the shooting to call non-emergency dispatch at 3-1-1.

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