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Salt Lake City police investigate shooting at 1485 South Major Street

Jul 3, 2022, 12:22 PM | Updated: Jul 4, 2022, 7:09 am

SALT LAKE CITY — A 20-year-old man is in stable condition after he was shot early Sunday near 1485 S. Major Street in Salt Lake City.

Around 5:28 a.m., Salt Lake City police received multiple calls regarding a shooting near Major Street in the Ballpark neighborhood.

When police arrived, they located a man hiding behind a car with gunshot wounds and began first aid.

Paramedics transported the man to the hospital in critical condition, where he underwent surgery. As of Sunday afternoon, the man is in stable condition, according to police.

Authorities secured the scene that spanned multiple blocks and began collecting evidence. Witness statements indicated that the shooting occurred after a fight happened at or near a large party.

Following the shooting, several people, including the shooter, left the scene, police added.

While on the scene, police located a vehicle and a commercial building with gunshot damage.

However, many residents of the Ballpark neighborhood are fed up with the crime in their area.

“Even my wife — she’s a very independent, strong woman – but even I’ve noticed her, she doesn’t necessarily want to walk the dog at dusk or dawn by herself, which is kind of sad,” resident John Allison told KSL-TV. “We live in America. We should feel comfortable walking our dog at night.”

Police Chief Mike Brown tried to reassure residents of the Ballpark neighborhood at a new release.

“What happened this morning is not reflective of the Ballpark neighborhood or the people living there,” Brown said in the news release. “The people in this neighborhood deserve to feel safe. No one in our community should ever have to explain to their child that the loud popping sounds they woke up to were the sounds of gunfire.”

Brown later reiterated the department’s focus on the neighborhood and ensured its residents deserved to be safe in their homes during a press conference.

He said the Liberty bike squad is spending most of its time in the neighborhood to prevent and address crime in the area.

The department also has a community liaison officer who works with residents and business owners and increased patrols in the neighborhood, Brown said.

“I want to reassure those living, working, visiting the Ballpark neighborhood that this remains a safe and welcoming place,” Brown continued. “We will continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our communities here in Salt Lake City and the Ballpark community.”

Amy Hawkins, who leads the Ballpark Community Council, said she and her neighbors feel “profoundly inundated” by the problems. She told KSL-TV that she spoke with Chief Brown and is glad he will be at their next meeting on Thursday.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, the release added. Police encourage anyone with information to call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 22-124993.

The identity of the injured man was not released.

 

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Salt Lake City police investigate shooting at 1485 South Major Street