ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A man has been charged with murder in connection with a shooting near two downtown Anchorage schools Tuesday.
Tommy Rumph, 31, was arrested and booked into jail on several charges related to the slaying of 30-year-old Treavonne Owens, Anchorage police said in a statement. The two knew each other, police said.
The incident began just after 6 a.m. at 15th Avenue and C Street. The busy intersection borders Central Middle School and is two blocks from Chugach Optional Elementary School. School district officials closed both as officers swarmed the area looking for Rumph.
Central Middle School serves both neighborhood students and some from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. As students started to arrive by bus, they were redirected to West High School as police looked for the suspected shooter.
He was taken into custody nearly 2 miles away and surrendered peacefully, police said.
“We believe that’s the only person involved in this altercation right now,” Police Chief Christopher Tolley said.
Tolley thanked the public for its cooperation in the incident.
“It’s so tragic that the public has to live through these situations, have our children see officers with guns on the corners as they come to school, and so on,” Tolley said. “But we have protocols in place and we worked with the school system, as well as the community, and fortunately, we were able to resolve this rather quickly.”