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Body Found At Construction Site Identified As ‘Friendsgiving’ Party Shooting Suspect

Dec 2, 2019, 4:19 PM | Updated: Dec 3, 2019, 6:28 am

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Officials with the South Jordan Police Department identified the body found at a construction site as the main suspect from a Thanksgiving day shooting that injured three people.

“This was the same individual we had been looking for as the suspected shooter from our incident Thursday,” said Lt. Matt Pennington with the South Jordan Police Department.

Construction workers found the body of the suspect, Joshua Perez-Garcia, after returning to the site near 6100 West and 11200 South after the holiday weekend.

“They informed us they had found what they believed was a deceased body out in the field,” said SJPD Sgt. Sam Winkler.

Winkler said Perez-Garcia’s body was found at approximately 7:50 a.m. Monday in a new development.

“We’re not sure how long the body has been out here,” Winkler said.

Police said they are investigating Perez-Garcia’s death as suspicious and an investigation is ongoing.

Last week, officials said three people were shot at a “Friendsgiving” party around 2:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.

One person, who police said appeared to be the intended target, was shot eight times and taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

“Somebody obviously got in some type of disagreement and ended up shooting some people,” Pennington said on Thursday.

The other two people were each shot one time.

“From what we were told Thursday versus what we found today, there’s a lot of gaps in information that we need to now try and put together,” Pennington said. “So, like I said, we’ve got some additional investigation to do to fill in some of those gaps.”

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Body Found At Construction Site Identified As ‘Friendsgiving’ Party Shooting Suspect