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Man shot during apparent home burglary in Tooele

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Mar 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-20 18:03:42-04

TOOELE, Utah — A man is recovering after he was shot overnight in what police believe was a burglary.

Tooele Police say a 21-year-old man drove himself to Mountain West Hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound, and hospital staff then contacted the department.

The man said he was at his parents' home in the area of 1200 East and 970 North around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when he heard a noise upstairs. He went to investigate what the sound was and found a masked man in one of the rooms, who then shot him.

The victim was transported from Mountain West Hospital to a Salt Lake area hospital for further treatment, but police said the wound was not life-threatening and he's in stable condition.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 20s or 30s, wearing all black clothing, with a black bandanna over his face, and carrying a handgun.

Tooele Police say they do not believe this was a targeted attack, but a burglary gone wrong. They are asking anyone in the area with surveillance cameras to check their footage from around 12:30 a.m., and if they see anything that may help the investigation, they are asked to call the department at (435) 882-8900.

It was not specified whether the burglar forced entry into the home or if it was unlocked.