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Suspect in South Salt Lake Maverik shooting identified

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 13:43:11-05

SOUTH SALT LAKE — South Salt Lake Police have identified a suspect in a shooting at a Maverik station last week.

That suspect is 40-year-old Justin Michael Brinton.

Last Friday, around 6:30 a.m. officers responded to a report of a shooting at 3260 South West Temple. The victim had been shot in the face at least once and was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. His condition was upgraded to stable Monday but he remains hospitalized.

READ: Man shot in face - possibly by his friend - at South Salt Lake Maverik station

At the time of the shooting, police said two men had arrived at the gas pumps in the same vehicle. At one point, shots were fired and the victim stumbled out of the car and the suspect sped off.

Surveillance video captured a 2004 silver/gray Dodge Durango speeding off right after the incident.

The driver has been identified as Brinton. Investigators say Brinton frequents homeless tent cities in Salt Lake City, Duchesne and Roosevelt in the Uintah Basin. He was last known to be driving the Dodge Durango and police are looking for it and Brinton.

They warn that Brinton should be considered armed and dangerous, and if you spot him, do not approach him and call 9-1-1.