18-year-old man shot in Taylorsville cemetery while visiting friend’s grave

An 18-year-old man visiting a friend's grave in Taylorsville was shot by someone in a black sedan on Saturday, Unified Police officials said. Photo: Gephardt Daily

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, March 3, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Three people visiting a friend’s grave in Taylorsville on Saturday were fired on by someone in a black sedan.

One of the three, an 18-year-old man, was struck in the upper body, a tweet from the UPD said. The victim was driven by a friend to Intermountain Medical Center.

Lt. Brian Lohrke, Unified Police Department, said a call of shots fired at the cemetery, at 4555 S. Redwood Road, came in just after 1:30 p.m.

“We had two witnesses that reported hearing gunfire, then saw three males running from the cemetery,” Lohrke said.

“In reviewing surveillance video and witness accounts, what we have is a black, four-door sedan entering the cemetery,” he said. The car drove around a circular drive inside the cemetery.

“There were three people visiting a friend’s grave on the north end of the cemetery. They were fired upon by that vehicle as it was exiting the cemetery.”

A friend drove the injured man to Intermountain Medical Center, where he is listed in serious but stable condition. UPD tweeted Sunday the victim is choosing not to cooperate with investigators and remains hospitalized, where he is listed in good condition.

Lohrke said police have no leads yet on the identity of the shooter or on the motive.

It could be “possibly gang related, possibly a retaliation shooting,” he said. “We’re still not sure. We are still piecing that together.”

Lohrke also said it is unknown if Saturday afternoon’s shooting was related to any other recent assaults, such as the fatal shooting early Saturday morning in South Salt Lake.

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


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