SLC Police find cars connected to fatal weekend shooting

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Posted at 3:42 PM, May 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-30 21:47:12-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A man was shot and killed late Sunday morning at a Salt Lake City apartment complex.

Police were called to Taylor Gardens at 1790 S. West Temple around 11:45 a.m. on reports of a shooting. They arrived and found a man on the ground with a gunshot wound. He died at the scene despite lifesaving efforts.

The victim was later identified as 40-year-old Robert Barros.

Salt Lake City Police said Barros drove to the apartment complex and was followed there by another car. After pulling into the parking lot, Barros got out of his car and was confronted by at least one person from the other car. There was a fight of some sort, and then Barros was shot.

The shooter then got in Barros' car and stole it. Police said the suspect left heading south on West Temple.

Another suspect then drove off in the opposite direction in the car they arrived in.

SLCPD initially asked for the public to keep an eye out for the two cars, but announced Monday that they had located them and took them in to be processed for forensic evidence. There was no update as to whether they had identified or located the suspects, however.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the department at 801-799-3000 and reference case number 22-100925.

Taylor Gardens is a "senior living" community for residents at least 55 years old. Salt Lake City Police said they do not believe Barros lived there or had any connection to the apartment complex.

"It appears that this was a random location that the victim did pull into the apartment complex here," SLCPD spokesman Brent Weisberg said. "A very random location, but not a random crime, based on the information that our detectives have."

Police said it appeared to be an "isolated" incident and not a random shooting. They do not believe there is any threat to the public at this time.