Police investigate West Valley City shooting

A youth was transported to the hospital, the victim of an apparent drive-by shooting near 3900 South and 5600 West on Saturday night, Feb. 17, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Feb. 17, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A youth is in the hospital Saturday night, the victim of an apparent drive-by shooting near 3900 South and 5600 West.

West Valley City Police Lt. Amy Maurer said the incident occurred at approximately 7:50 p.m., when it was reported that a group of people had been arguing, and a person had been shot outside on the street.

When officers arrived, they located a group of people and found the victim — a male juvenile — with a gunshot wound, Maurer said.

Medical personnel responded to the scene and evaluated the victim. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

“It was determined that he and some associates were in a vehicle parked on 3900 South at 5600 West when an unknown suspect vehicle pulled up alongside and began firing at their vehicle,” Maurer said.

The victim was one of three occupants in the car that was shot at. He was outside of the car when police found him.

It’s still early in the investigation, Maurer said, and not a lot of details are known.

She said witnesses told police that before officers arrived, a dark-colored SUV-type vehicle was seen going west and then back east and out on 5600 West, where the witnesses lost sight of it.

Officials are working to get more information about the victim, his associates and a suspect. Maurer said they have reached out to the owner of the red car the victim was in, to get permission to search the vehicle.

Police are also looking into obtaining any surveillance video from nearby homes and businesses.

Anyone who has any information that may help police identify the suspect(s) or aid in the investigation is asked to call police dispatch at 801-840-4026.

Gephardt Daily will update this developing story as more information becomes available.


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