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Victim identified in weekend shooting at party in West Valley City

Posted at 8:10 AM, Jun 04, 2022
and last updated 2023-05-05 14:12:47-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — West Valley City Police are investigating a shooting at an apartment complex that left one man dead early Saturday morning.

Police have identified the victim as 23-year-old Elijah Brown. Another adult male shot during the same incident remained in critical but stable condition as of the latest report. Investigators are working to identify a suspect. No arrests have been made at this time.

According to officers at the scene, a party was being held at the Egate apartment complex near 2300 W. Ruddy Way. Two groups got into a fight inside an apartment on the fourth floor, which led to the shooting.

"There was some type of altercation," said WVCPD Lt. Robert Brinton. "Two sets of individuals at the party were upset with each other, and that resulted in both of them firing weapons at each other."

One resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, told FOX 13 News they woke up to several gunshots around 3 a.m. and called 911.

"I heard eight gunshots," they said. "That's what I heard, but... there's evidence — there's a lot more than eight."

The resident said they have lived at the apartment complex for two years, and this isn't the first time something like this has happened.

"About two weeks ago, there was another incident here in the same area," they said. "There was also gunshots — about three or four gunshots."

After this latest incident, they say they don't feel safe anymore.

"I've got kids. They live here and it's a scary thought, knowing what if one of those bullets happened to go through the wall," they said. "You just never know, and people don't understand that."