West Valley City police ID shooting victim dumped, left to die on residential street

West Valley City Police responded to a report of a person shot in the area of 6400 S. Wakefield Way, and found a deceased male on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Photo: Gephardt Daily
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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Feb. 6, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — West Valley City Police have identified the young man who was shot and dumped on a residential street Wednesday night.

“The victim in yesterday’s fatal shooting is identified as 20-year-old Manuel Andres Martinez,” says a tweet issued at 10:02 a.m. Thursday.

“The investigation into this homicide continues as investigators follow leads & review evidence. Anyone with information, please call 801-840-4000. You can remain anonymous.”

The WVCPD tweeted at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday officers were at the scene, near 6400 S. Wakefield Way, after a report of a male with a gunshot wound.

“The victim is deceased,” the tweet said.

West Valley City Police responded to a report of a person shot in the area of 6400 S. Wakefield Way, and found a deceased male on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Photo: Gephardt Daily

A 9:07 p.m. tweet added a few more details.

“Witnesses say they saw the victim come out of a vehicle and (the) vehicle left scene,” the tweet said. “Witnesses performed CPR. 20 yo male pronounced dead by medics. Investigation is underway.”

A neighbor named Richard said he ran to the scene as soon as he understood someone was hurt.

“He’s in the gutter, I ran up, tried to help, and it was 20, 25 minutes before a cop got here,” he said. “I got to explain to my kid why there’s someone dead in the gutter.”

Richard said the victim was not anyone he recognized.

 

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