October 28 and 30, 2013
Contact: Jennifer Castro
APD Public Information Officer
Subject: APD Investigates Shooting Death at Motel 6
Update on 0ct. 30, 2013: Anchorage Police are releasing the identity of the young adult male who died after a shooting at Motel 6 on Sunday night. The young adult male has been identified as 25-year-old Jose Cortez. His next of kin have been notified. The investigation is still ongoing to determine whether the shooting was accidental or intentional and whether any suspect(s) were involved.
Original Release Oct. 28, 2013:
APD Detectives are investigating a shooting which resulted in the death of a young adult male last night at the Motel 6 located at 5000 A St. APD Dispatch received a call at 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2013 by an employee of the motel reporting a shooting in one of the rooms. When police responded they discovered a deceased male who had been shot in an upper level room. The APD Crime Scene Team and detectives were called out to investigate the incident. At this time, APD has not determined whether the shooting was intentional or accidental, and who fired the weapon
Anchorage police have identified a man shot dead in a Midtown hotel room Sunday night.
He is Jose Cortez, 25, police said Wednesday. Officers found Cortez dead after an employee of the Motel 6 at 5000 A Street called 911 to report hearing a single gunshot from an upstairs room about 10:15 p.m. Sunday, police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said.
There were others in the room, Castro said, but so far nobody has been charged in connection to the case. An autopsy would answer some questions about Cortez’s death, including whether the shooting was intentional, accidental or if another person was involved, Castro said.