POLICE have blocked off a large area in downtown Anchorage as police respond to an unspecified incident near the Hotel Captain Cook.
Anchorage Police Department is responding to a disturbance, but says there is no public threat, reports the Alaska Public Media.
Cherie Zajdzinski, a police department spokesperson, said this is not an active shooter incident.
A Twitter user posted a video saying there was an active shooter in the hotel. The video shows an officer near his squad car in a parking lot pointing a firearm toward the building.
Police are asking people to avoid the area. They first alerted the public of road closures and a large police presence around 3pm.
At 4.45pm, the roads remained closed and police cars were seen around Hotel Captain Cook.
Officers with rifles were seen entering the building, the Anchorage Daily News reports.
Three officers waved away pedestrians and told them there was a man on a top floor threatening to shoot people who said he had access to multiple weapons.
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