SLC PD searching for suspect who fatally shot man, stole his vehicle and set it on fire

Posted at 7:35 AM, Oct 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-23 00:46:48-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly fatally shot a man then stole the victim's vehicle at a car wash in Salt Lake City Friday night.

At about 10:15 p.m., Salt Lake City police responded to a car wash business near 1075 South and Redwood Road. When officers arrived on scene, they discovered 33-year-old Christian A. Gutierrez-Marquez shot in the torso.

Gutierrez-Marquez was taken to an area hospital in extremely critical condition and was later sent to surgery. He was pronounced dead Saturday morning. Police stated he leaves behind a wife and an 8-year-old child.

Lougy said the victim was simply trying to wash his 2015 Toyota Avalon when the shooting occurred.

"He had just purchased his vehicle several days prior, was doing what most of us do when we get a new vehicle- they`re proud. He was just out washing his vehicle," Lougy explained.

“Unfortunately, a suspect at the car wash had robbery on his mind, and... some type of altercation ensued between the two individuals and Christian was shot," he said. "Several witnesses spotted him, he collapsed on Redwood Road."

The suspect stole the Avalon and fled the scene, Lougy said. Around 3 a.m. Saturday, that vehicle was recovered near 1500 West High Avenue.

“Neighbors called on that vehicle because it was fully engulfed in flames, and so the suspect apparently decided to burn the victim’s vehicle," Lougy said.

Police say they are reviewing surveillance footage of the shooting captured by at the car wash.

The suspect is described as a male who has an average build and was last seen wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt with dark pants. His age is unknown.

Anyone with information on the shooting or anyone who was in the area around the times mentioned in this story is asked to call Salt Lake City police at 801-799-3000.