Man with suspected gang ties critically wounded in Salt Lake City shooting, police say

Salt Lake City Shooting
Salt Lake City police place evidence markers at the scene of an early morning shooting on West California Avenue, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Investigators believe the incident may be gang-related. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Jan. 9, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — A man with suspected gang ties has been critically wounded in an early morning shooting in Salt Lake City.

Police were first called to a home at 1172 W. California Ave. about 1:55 a.m. Saturday.

When officers arrived they found man lying in a driveway with a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Salt Lake City Police Lt. C. Valencia told Gephardt Daily the victim, believed to be in his early 30s, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. His injuries were described as “life-threatening.”

Investigators say the victim has known gang ties.

According to Valencia, neighbors heard the shooting then multiple people fled the scene.

Two people have been detained, Valencia said, but told police they were inside the residence when the shooting took place.

Salt Lake City police on the scene of an early morning shooting on West California Avenue, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Investigators believe the incident, which left a man in critical condition, may be gang-related.
Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

Detectives believe it may have been a targeted attack but stress it’s early in the investigation.

At least two vehicles were spotted driving from the residence and police were combing the neighborhood for possible surveillance video.

Neighbors say there was a party at the time of the shooting and several people were gathered in the driveway when the shots rang out.

Police have yet to release the victim’s name.

Gephardt Daily will update the story as more information becomes available.

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