CRIME

Suspect in State Street shooting arrested

Oct 12, 2022, 9:07 PM | Updated: Oct 13, 2022, 5:16 am
(FILE) Salt Lake City Police car responding to a scene....
(FILE) Salt Lake City Police car responding to a scene.
(FILE)

SALT LAKE CITY — A man was arrested in connection with a shooting that occurred Tuesday at 1416 S. State Street.

The man was identified as 60-year-old Joseph Marquez.

According to a release from the Salt Lake City Police Department, Marquez is accused of shooting and attempting to kill a 38-year-old man during an argument over a cigarette.

“An extraordinary amount of work goes into keeping our city safe,” Chief Mike Brown said. “Much of that work is out of public view. It includes our crime analysts, our victim advocates, our social workers and our detectives. I cannot stress enough – our patrol officers and specialty units – like our bike squads, are in our community every day working to proactively reduce crime. I am proud of their work and commitment to public safety. We would not be at this point in this investigation had it not been for the unrelenting work of our police officers and detectives who dropped everything to chase down the suspect in this case. They have my deep gratitude and I hope the community – especially those in the Ballpark neighborhood – recognize the sacrifices and hard work of our officers.”

The shooting happened Tuesday around 10 a.m. at the Wasatch Inn.

Officers found the victim in the motel’s parking lot with a gunshot wound.

Gold Cross Ambulance took the victim to the hospital in critical condition, where he remained as of Thursday morning.

However, the victim’s name is not being released pending next-of-kin notification.

One critically injured in Salt Lake City shooting; police searching for suspect

This investigation started at 10:05 a.m. on Tuesday, when dispatch received a 911 call about a shooting at the Wasatch Inn, located at 1416 S. State Street.

SLCPD patrol officers and members of the SLCPD Liberty Bike Squad quickly responded and found the victim in the motel’s parking lot with a gunshot wound. SLCPD officers immediately started life-saving efforts and the victim was hospitalized in critical condtion.

On Tuesday, the SLCPD Homicide Squad found and arrested another man, 71-year-old Thomas Leroy.

The release states, “based on the preliminary investigation, the victim and Marquez got into a fight. Witnesses told detectives they saw Glasker give Marquez the gun. After shooting the victim, Marquez allegedly left the motel with the assistance of Glasker.”

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 801-799-3000 and reference case No. 22-201391.

Marquez will be booked into jail facing charges of attempted murder, obstruction of justice and unlawful transaction of a firearm by a restricted person.

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