- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Anchorage grand jury has indicted a man suspected of shooting an acquaintance in the face at a city park.

State prosecutors say 31-year-old Puipuia Alaelua (poo-EE’-poo-ee-ah ah-la-EH’-loo-ah) was indicted Thursday on counts of attempted murder, assault, evidence tampering and weapons misconduct.

Alaelua was arrested the day after the Jan. 13 shooting.

Police say a 30-year-old man set up a drug transaction with Alaelua and met him at a gas station.

Police say Alaelua drove the man to Nunaka (noo-NAK’-ah) Valley Park, told him to leave the vehicle and shot him.

The man was able to call 911. Police recovered a bullet wedged in his mouth.

A conviction for attempted murder carries a sentence of five to 99 years.

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