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Teen suspect in custody after fatal shooting at Tanner Park

Posted at 11:50 AM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 16:12:30-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A teenage suspect is in police custody after shooting that left one person dead and two others critically injured Sunday at one of Salt Lake City's most popular parks.

Three people were shot and critically wounded Sunday afternoon at Tanner Park, with one succumbing to his injuries overnight.

On Monday afternoon, SLCPD said detectives have identified and taken into custody a 17-year-old boy who is believed responsible for the shooting.

Police were called at 4 p.m. after receiving reports of shots fired at the park.

When officers arrived, they found 3 people wounded: 2 men and a woman, all of whom were quickly transported to local hospitals in critical condition.

A 25-year-old man died overnight as a result of his gunshot wound.

Detectives are now trying to piece together what led up to what is now a murder investigation and trying to learn who pulled the trigger and why.

“So they started interviewing witnesses, taking statements, collecting evidence and have actually been working on this case through the night.” said Sgt. Keigh Horrocks of the Salt Lake City Police Department.

"We don’t know what the relationship between the victims and any suspects that we have in this case are, We’re still looking into that to try to help us figure out who that person is, who the suspect is and maybe what that motivation may be.”

What’s also very concerning to police is that this is a very popular place for families with young children, along with a dog park; meaning those bullets could’ve gone anywhere and hit anyone.

Police are asking if anyone saw anything or has any information regarding this shooting to call Salt Lake Police at 799-3000