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Man shot during fight after SUV-motorcycle crash in Taylorsville

Posted at 10:51 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 00:51:26-04

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Two people are in police custody, two more are in the hospital, and one suspect is still at large after a car accident and fight led to shots fired in Taylorsville Tuesday night.

Unified Police say the incident began when a person driving a stolen Jeep hit a motorcyclist while turning into a parking lot near 5400 South and 1900 West.

The biker, who was riding with a group, was injured and is in the hospital in fair-to-serious condition.

At least one of the bikers followed the Jeep into the parking lot and confronted the driver, which led to an altercation, UPD Sgt. Melody Cutler said.

One of the bikers pulled out a gun. Then a bystander who didn't know the full situation decided to intervene, Cutler said, and pulled out their own gun.

Several shots were fired, and a passenger the Jeep was hit. He was identified as a man in his early 20s.

It was unknown as of Tuesday night which person's shots struck the passenger. Cutler said both shooters were in police custody and cooperating with the investigation.

The driver of the Jeep then fled the scene with the gunshot victim still in the vehicle. They later abandoned it at a car wash and called dispatch to say they had left their friend there. Police took custody of the vehicle, which was stolen out of Weber County, and the man who was shot was transported to the hospital where he is in critical condition.

The driver has not yet been found. No suspect information was given.

Police are investigating to determine if charges are warranted for either of the people who fired shots.