Suspects arrested after West Valley City drive-by shooting

Issac J. Rivas (left) and Angel J. Mancia. Photos: Salt Lake County

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Sept. 23, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Two 18-year-old men and one male juvenile are in custody after a shooting Friday night that sent one victim to the hospital and dozens of party-goers running for cover.

In custody are Isaac Rivas and Angel Mancia, according to probable cause statements. The third male arrested is the juvenile, whose record is not public because of his age.

According to the statement, Mancia, his younger brother and Rivas drove to a West Valley City address, 2110 W. Alexander St., where they expected to find males with whom Mancia’s younger brother had a dispute because of things posted on Facebook and communicated through texts.

Angel Mancia was in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, and had a silver-colored .45 caliber handgun in his possession, according to probable cause statements.

Mancia and his younger brother pulled up Facebook photos of the other males involved in the dispute, and were able to locate them standing in front of the building at the address. A party for a teenage girl’s birthday was being held inside the building.

“Angel stood up out through the sun roof of his mother’s vehicle, where he fired nine .45 caliber rounds toward the victims,” the probable cause statements say.

One bullet struck an adult male in the leg. The victim was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. West Valley City police investigators originally identified the shooting victim was a juvenile.

The probable cause statement in Rivas’ arrest agreed on all details in Mancia’s statement, and added that Rivas was in the vehicle’s back seat.

Both statements indicated that after the shooting, Mancia, his younger brother and Rivas fled the scene, and ” … they arranged to hide or destroy the evidence.”

Angel Mancia has been charged with:

  • Attempted murder, a first-degree felony
  • Discharge of a firearm, a second-degree felony
  • Making-using of false item to deceive a public servant, a second-degree felony

Rivas has been charged with:

  • Attempted murder, a first-degree felony
  • Discharge of a firearm, a second-degree felony
  • Tampering with evidence
  • Speeding

The younger male was taken to an undisclosed juvenile facility. Charges against him have not been released.

 

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