Bystander shot at Liberty Park during Pioneer Day fireworks

Posted at 4:36 AM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 06:36:38-04

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Police are investigating a shooting that left a man injured, while people were gathering to watch the Pioneer Day fireworks.

The shooting happened in Liberty Park at about 10 p.m. on Monday.

Police say they think the shooting happened because of an argument between gang members.

Officers say the gunman started to run away before turning around and firing several shots.

This lead to an innocent male bystander being shot in the leg.

Lieutenant Dave Cracroft with Salt Lake City Police Department said, “Our suspects ended up running and hoping the fence into Tracy Aviary. Officers searched and found several people in there but the shooter was not there.”

“We have some people who we’re talking to but I don’t know what we’re getting from them and if they’re even connected yet”, Cracroft said.

Police are now interviewing witnesses and the suspects to see if it will lead them to the gunman.

Luckily the man who was shot was able to take himself to the hospital and he is expected to recover.

Anyone with information on where the gunman may be hiding is asked to call Salt Lake City Police at 801-799-4600.