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Man arrested for Tuesday's fatal shooting in SLC, police say

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Posted at 11:31 PM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-27 20:18:07-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A man was arrested Friday night for shooting and killing one person a few days prior, according to Salt Lake City Police.

Kasim Sheikh-Mumin, 41, faces one first-degree felony count of murder, three first-degree counts of discharging a firearm, and a second-degree felony count of possessing a dangerous weapon by a restricted person. He was on parole for a prior conviction.

According to a probable cause for arrest statement, the shooting occurred Tuesday just after midnight. The investigation process involved multiple witnesses, two of which were also shot and wounded.

Police say Sheikh-Mumin shot 37-year-old Salesi Katoa seven times in front of Kings Lounge, located at 25 E. Kensington Avenue, where Sheikh-Mumin was living. Katoa was found in the driver's seat of a car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Sheikh-Mumin initially told police that his friend shot the three victims. But after interviewing more people who witnessed the events leading up to the fatal shooting, detectives determined Sheikh-Mumin shot and killed Katoa.

Katoa and two other men came to Sheikh-Mumin's residence that night, and he let them in. At some point, a fight broke out. One of the men was hitting Sheikh-Mumin in the head and, according to a witness, trying to take a gun out of his hands. The witness told police that another one of the men was threatening him with a knife at the same time. The witness pulled out a handgun and fired a few rounds, one of them possibly hitting a woman present in the arm. The witness said he dropped his gun and went to help her when he realized she was shot.

The witness told police that Sheikh-Mumin then picked up the gun and ran outside, and he heard about eight gunshots. Sheikh-Mumin then went back inside, and two witnesses claim they heard him say something about having killed someone.

Another man, whose identity or potential part in the altercation was not specified, was shot at some point as well and was found at a nearby motel. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Mumin is being held without bail.