Woman shot, paralyzed in Salt Lake City robbery

It is unclear how many shots were fired but a round did hit this window. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Richard Trelles

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 20, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Police have more questions than answers after a woman in her 30s was shot during a botched robbery in Salt Lake City Tuesday evening.

Police received reports of an armed robbery at the Quizno’s sandwich shop at 1775 S. 4130 West soon after 6:05 p.m., Lt. Justin Hudson with the Salt Lake City Police Department told Gephardt Daily.

“When officers arrived, we were also told there were shots fired,” Hudson said. “Once we got into the scene we noticed that one female was shot. We’re not exactly sure how she’s involved, whether she’s a victim of the robbery or a suspect in the robbery at this time.”

The woman was transported by ambulance to a local hospital in critical condition. Subsequent reports indicate she was shot in the neck and suffering paralysis.

Investigators also say a possible robber may have been shot during the hold-up attempt.

“There were also two males reported in the area inside the store with a gun at that time,” Hudson said. “They came in under the ruse of possible customers and it escalated from there.”

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One of the men is described as Caucasian with a thin build and light-colored hair, wearing a baseball cap and a black backpack, Hudson said. The other man is described as Hispanic, but there is no further description of him at the moment.

Hudson said the men likely fled on foot.

Police are working to establish whether there is any relationship between the woman who was shot and the two male suspects.

“There were no customers inside the business when this occurred,” Hudson added. “A customer came in shortly after and assisted the person who was injured, but there were no witnesses other than the employees.”

Hudson said at this time it doesn’t appear that anything was taken from the business.

He said more information is likely to be released Wednesday morning. He added that multiple shots were fired, but it’s unclear exactly how many.

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