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Police: Woman mistakenly targeted, killed in suspected drive-by in Salt Lake City

Posted at 8:32 AM, Sep 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 10:33:29-04

UPDATE: Salt Lake City police say the believe the early morning shooting was a drive-by where the home of Wanyun Judd was incorrectly targeted. Judd died after she was shot during the drive-by, police said.

Salt Lake City police asked the public to submit any information they may have on the incident:

“The Police Department asks anyone with information to call (801) 799-3000. Anonymous tips may be sent by text to 274637. Please start your text with TIPSLCPD, which routes it to the police department. Then include any relevant information. Reference: case #18-178543.”

The previous story continues below: 

SALT LAKE CITY -- Police are conducting a homicide investigation after a woman was shot and killed in Salt Lake City Friday morning.

Police were called to the area of Harrison Avenue and Major Street after several reports of gunshots around 6:24 a.m. Friday.

"We received calls of shots fired in this area. We had officers in the area who heard the shots and were able to respond pretty quickly to the scene," Detective Keith Horrocks with the Salt Lake City Police Department said

"Anytime a gun is discharged in the city, that's a concern for us," Horrocks added.

When police arrived at the home, they found a woman inside who had been hit by the gunfire.

That woman, now identified as 47-year-old Wanyun Judd, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. She later died as a result of her injuries.

Police said it is unclear as to why Judd was in the home, if this was a drive-by shooting or if Judd was intended to be the target.

"We've begun our investigation and those are the things we're looking into," said Horrocks.

Police saw a suspicious vehicle in the area at the time of the shooting but are not yet sure if the two are connected.

"We know that the vehicle drove eastbound through the alley and went up to State and southbound on State," said Horrocks. "Right now we don't have a good vehicle description to put out but we are asking the public if you were in the area or saw anything to please call 801-799-3000."

SLCPD said they do not believe the public is in danger, but urge anyone with information to come forward.

"We really rely on any information the public may have to come back to us and help us with that investigation," Horrocks said.