Police trace gun used in shooting that killed 2 Hunter High School students

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Posted at 1:07 PM, Jan 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-21 15:24:46-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Police have traced the gun they believe was used to kill two Hunter High School students last week.

On Friday, the West Valley City police department announced they had successfully traced the gun back to its original sale and determined that it was purchased in Utah in 2013.

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Now detectives will work to try and determine exactly how the gun exchanged hands between 2013 and the day of the shooting.

Work is still underway to establish the timeline of events and the circumstances that led up to the shooting. After previously believing a confrontation between students from rival schools led up to the shooting, police now say that everyone involved attended Hunter High School.

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Police respond to West Valley City where two people were killed in a shooting along the Mountain View Corridor

Three teenagers were shot on January 13 following the confrontation outside the school.

Tivani Lopati, 14, and Paul Tahi, 15, were killed in the shooting, while Ephraim Asiata, 15, was critically wounded and hospitalized.

The 14-year-old suspected shooter will remain in juvenile detention, a judge ruled Wednesday. The state plans to move the case to adult court.