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One person shot, killed outside Salt Palace Convention Center

Posted at 3:54 PM, Sep 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-04 18:42:11-04

SALT LAKE CITY  — A man was shot and killed in downtown Salt Lake City Saturday afternoon outside the Salt Palace Convention Center.

The shooting occurred around 3:20 p.m. on West Temple. Salt Lake City Police Department spokesman Brent Weisberg said there was a fight between multiple people, all of whom had just walked out of the convention center. The victim was then shot in the middle of the street.

Officers arrived to a "very chaotic scene," Weisberg said, and found the victim lying in the street in critical condition. They attempted life-saving measures and the victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he died. The victim was later identified as 41-year-old Deliford Knight.

Witnesses told police that the shooter and at least one other person ran into a nearby parking garage, then drove off. Weisberg said officers from multiple agencies across Salt Lake County are working to find the vehicle and the suspects. SLCPD announced Sunday that they had arrested one person who they said was not the shooter but was allegedly involved in the incident.

"Sneaker Con Salt Lake City" was taking place Saturday at the convention center. The convention organizers have since released a statement via Instagram addressing the incident.

"Authorities informed us that the incident related to an altercation outside of the Sneaker Con event arising from a three-shell Monte game, a coordinated scam taking place throughout the United States," the statement reads. "The altercation was not affiliated with our Sneaker Con event, nor did the suspected three-shell Monte orchestrators attend our event."

The convention is cooperating with the investigation.

SLCPD said investigators have been speaking with multiple witnesses, and they are also asking anyone who knows the individuals involved in the fight and the shooting to contact the department at 801-799-3000. They are also looking for any video footage of the incident.

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West Temple was closed in all directions between South Temple and 200 South due to the crime scene investigation.

SLCPD said they do not believe there is any threat to the public's safety.

The department also said it sent victim advocates and social workers to provide support and resources to the family of the victim and those who witnessed the shooting.