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Police responded to two separate shootings in Salt Lake Valley within 10 minutes on Monday

Jun 7, 2022, 12:22 PM | Updated: 8:25 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — On Monday night, two separate shootings in two different parts of Salt Lake Valley, happened within 10 minutes of each other. 

One shooting happened in a mall in West Valley City, while the other occurred at a Salt Lake City apartment complex.

In Salt Lake City, the investigation started Monday after 7 p.m. when police got several reports of a shooting at Seasons At Pebble Creek apartment complex. 

When officers got there, they found a man with a gunshot wound inside an apartment.

According to police, officers tried to save the man’s life, but he died on the scene.

Three other people were hurt and sent to the hospital. 

One dead, three injured in shooting at SLC apartment complex

In the latest update from police, one of the three people was not shot and is expected to be okay. Detectives believe that person was physically assaulted inside the apartment unit.

The other two people were both shot.

One person is in serious condition while the other is in critical condition.

Police said one officer was hurt while performing life-saving efforts inside the apartment unit. The officer got medical treatment on scene and at an area hospital.

After the shooting, officers think several people left in two separate cars. 

One car was located at 1150 South Redwood Rd., with the other was found at 60 South Redwood. Both vehicles have been secured as evidence.

At this point, no arrests have been made. 

Detectives are in the early stages of figuring out what led up to the shooting and who was involved.

In West Valley City, police said a man and woman were shopping at the Valley Fair Mall around 6:30 p.m. when they had a verbal argument with two males, ages 17 and 16.

This escalated into a physical altercation between the woman and the 17-year-old. 

The couple then got into their car to leave, and as they were leaving the mall, they observed the 17-year-old reaching for a gun in his pants. 

Two teens in custody after attempted shooting at Valley Fair Mall

The victim accelerated, bumping the 17-year-old with their car.

Then, the 16-year-old fired a gun at the victim’s car as the victim drove away.

The victim’s vehicle was struck twice by the gunfire.

Officers responded to the area and detained both suspects. The juveniles were booked, and no one was injured.

Following the two shootings, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown held a press conference where he addressed the issue of gun violence.

“Our community is resilient, but for the sake of our children, our families, and those who visit our city, I hope we never have to see yellow tape stretched across a neighborhood again because there’s been an act of gun violence.”

He continued: “We are dealing with an epidemic in our country right now — one of gun violence and gun crime. Unfortunately, it is not new.”

Brown went on to share gun crime numbers for Salt Lake City so far in 2022:

  • About 30 robberies in which a firearm was used
  • Nearly 60 aggravated assaults with a firearm
  • More than 28 drive-by shootings since Jan. 1

“This summer, I have one ask of our community, and that is to help us. We need everyone in our community to help us prevent further gun violence. If you know someone who’s going to commit a gun crime, call 911. You could be the voice that prevents the next gun tragedy in our community. If you have information about a past gun crime, call 911. Our detectives work around the clock to aggressively investigate gun crimes. One tip is all it takes sometimes to solve a gun crime.”

He also said he supports raising the age limit on assault rifles from 18 to 21 years old.

On Saturday, June 11, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the Salt Lake City Police Department will host a gun buy back program at the Public Safety Building.

Brown said, “This is such an important event; it gives our community the chance to take action and turn in firearms they no longer wish to have. This is a no questions asked event. I hope our community will consider taking us up on this offer.”

The police chief concluded his remarks Tuesday by saying, “We have said it over and over — enough is enough. Stop with the gun violence. Let’s come together and do everything we can to keep our community safe.”

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Police responded to two separate shootings in Salt Lake Valley within 10 minutes on Monday