15-year-old in custody for double homicide

A 15-year-old boy is in custody in connection with the shooting deaths of a mother and daughter Tuesday in a south Anchorage home.

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“Last night, just before 7 p.m., our dispatch received a call from a male stating that he had just gotten home to his residence off of Spinnaker Drive, and when he went home, he found his wife and daughter deceased inside.” Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro said.

Police identified the shooting victims as 40-year-old Shannon Duke and 18-year-old Chloe Duke.

After responding, APD began searching for a truck, belonging to one of the victims, which was missing from the residence. The truck and the suspect, were found in the Big Lake area just after 8 p.m. by Alaska State Troopers.

Castro says the suspect was a resident at the house where the homicide occurred.

“Our further investigation determined that the 15-year-old male was a suspect in this homicide case,” she said. “Charges were referred over to the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice.”

The suspect’s relationship to the victims is unclear. Due to his age, Castro says the suspect cant be further identified by authorities.

The suspect has been remanded to McLaughlin Youth Center in Anchorage.

Castro says the investigation is ongoing, but at this point there is no information suggesting there are any additional suspects.

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