Salt Lake City police ID victim killed in drive-by shooting

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Four of five victims involved in a Sunday morning drive-by shooting were graduates or former graduates of West High School. Exclusive Photo: Gephardt Daily

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 6, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The Salt Lake City Police Department has identified the man fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning.

“The victim who was killed in today’s homicide on General Dr. has been identified as 20-year-old Sean Amone,” the SLCPD statement says.

“Other victims are being treated for their injuries. If you have information about this homicide please call 801-799-3000 and reference case 21-96966.”

Four other people were wounded in the shooting, which happened at about 1:40 a.m. in front of a home near 1400 N. General Drive, at approximately 2000 West.

“When officers arrived they found multiple victims with gunshot wounds,” Lt. Carlos  Valencia told Gephardt Daily within hours of the shooting.

“Four of the people went to local hospitals and are in stable condition. One of them, unfortunately, is dead on scene.”

The male victim, now revealed to be Amone, was standing with several people in front of the residence when shots were fired from a passing car, according to witness statements.

“We know based on footage we have from nearby homes that we’ve got a white car, older model, that was driving southbound, but we are trying to determine if that car was actually involved,” Valencia said.

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Multiple victims have been reported in a Salt Lake City shooting near 1400 North General Drive (2000 West). Exclusive Photo: Gephardt Daily

Dozens of shocked, grief stricken people poured from nearby homes, forcing police to call outside agencies for help controlling the emotionally charged scene.

“Some of the people who were at this location have been uncooperative so we don’t know exactly what happened here,” Valencia said.

“We had several individuals who came after the shooting when we were trying to stabilize the scene and keep all the evidence intact, but there were bystanders who were wanting to know what happened with someone on the ground, and obviously, with good reason, they were upset. We didn’t have sufficient staffing to keep more than thirty people away from the scene, so I had to make the decision for outside agencies to come help us.”

When asked if there was a connection to a reported incident involving gunfire earlier in the day, Valencia said there was a possibility the shooting was tied to an event downtown, but refused to speculate.

“Friends and family are here and want answers and we just don’t have them right now,” Valencia said.

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

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