Former Aspenite shot in Alaska rampage
December 5, 2007
ANCHORAGE ” A former Aspen resident is recovering from a bullet wound after a violent rampage in Anchorage, Alaska, left two dead and wounded three.
Liz Rumsey, 33, is in an intensive care unit at a Alaska Regional Hospital where she is no longer in critical condition after she was shot multiple times in the back. Friends and family have been keeping vigil at Rumsey’s hospital room since the shooting. There is currently no time frame for a full recovery.
According to a report by the Anchorage Daily News, Rumsey was a random victim in a spree that started when Christopher Rogers Jr., 28, allegedly hacked his father to death with a machete, stole his father’s truck, drove to Anchorage and began a violent, 26-hour rampage before being captured by police.
Rumsey’s sister, Aspen Middle School teacher Georgina Levey, said Rumsey is not in a life-threatening situation, though more surgeries and a long recovery are expected.
“She just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Levey. “The whole thing is just horrible.”
Rumsey was walking home on a bike path in Anchorage at 7:20 p.m. Sunday when Rogers allegedly shot her.
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“Elizabeth Rumsey was shot multiple times, but was conscious and able to describe the lone assailant to police,” states a court affidavit. “She reported that she crossed paths with a tall, thin man who made her nervous. The man asked her for the time and after she responded, she quickened her pace to leave the area. She was shot in the back as she tried to leave the area.”
The next morning, Rogers was arrested by Anchorage police after he allegedly shot a 43-year-old man multiple times when the man started his car to warm it up at 7:05 a.m. and was walking back inside.
Rogers has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder. The Daily News has reported that more charges are expected to follow.
Levey said her mother, Diana Rumsey, is in Anchorage and has been spending time with Liz Rumsey. People other than family are not allowed to talk with Rumsey because she is still in intensive care.
Rumsey, who grew up in Aspen and attended public schools here, was clerking for the Alaska Supreme Court. She attended Williams College and graduated from the law school at UC Berkeley last year.
A National Outdoor Leadership School instructor for 10 years, Rumsey recently won the Wilderness Woman Contest in Talkeetna, Alaska. She was planning to be in Alaska for the year before taking a job at a San Francisco law firm.
“We expected something to happen on a mountain because that’s her lifestyle, but we never expected her to get shot walking down the street,” said Levey. “Because she’s so athletic, she will probably bounce back faster than other people, but we don’t have an idea of what that will look like. They are trying to sit her up now. They are trying to get her a little more mobile, but she’s not out of bed yet. She’ll be in the hospital for at least another week.”