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Man critically wounded after shots fired at party in West Jordan

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Posted at 7:36 AM, Sep 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-05 23:49:14-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah -- A 19-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot at a party in West Jordan early Saturday morning, according to West Jordan police.

“I heard two shots at first, and then two more, and then about four more, and then four more after that,” said Richard Koos, who lives just around the corner from where shots were fired.

Just before 6 a.m., police responded to the area near 3100 West and Shayla Drive.

“When we responded, we found an alcohol party had been occurring overnight, and during that party some people began to fight,” said Lt. Drew Sanders of the West Jordan Police Department.

According to police, some people in the party began to fight, and others at the party told those who were fighting to leave. But when things moved outside, the fight escalated.

“The fight spilled out into the road, shortly after multiple shots were fired,” Sanders said.

Police found the 19-year-old covered in blood, with a gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Now police are searching for the suspect, though so far police have not released a description of the suspect.

“It's scary, it makes you want to feel like you're going to be locked up in your house and this is not a safe place,” said one neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Neighbors say the house has been a party house for the past six months, but they said they never expected gun shots to be fired right outside their doors.

“It's terrifying, it's terrifying; we won't rest easy,” the woman said.

The homeowner told FOX 13 News she has been out of town for several days, and her teenage daughter was the one at home when shots were fired. Now police are investigating.

“We have a lot of good witnesses from the neighborhood here who were not involved and we have several cooperating witnesses from the party,” Sanders said.

Police expect to release more information sometime early next week.