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Two dead after possible murder-suicide in South Salt Lake

Posted at 9:08 AM, May 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-24 18:53:48-04

SOUTH SALT LAKE — Police are investigating what led to the shooting death of two people late Saturday night.

Just before 11 p.m., officers responded to a welfare check at a home on Eugene Lane after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots.

“They found a residence, all was quiet,” said Sgt. Matt Oehler of the South Salt Lake Police Department. “There was some evidence on scene that led officers to make entry under exigent circumstances.”

Officers found evidence of gunfire at the home. A bullet hole is visible on a garage door.

When officers made entry into the residence, they found two deceased adults with apparent gunshot wounds.

“There is just an unspeakable tragedy for the family of the victims, and that is something that is hard to describe,” Oehler said.

While still not confirmed, police say early indications show strong evidence of a murder-suicide.

“There are a lot of moving parts. There are various search warrants that are being conducted. There is a lot of data and information being reviewed at this point and time,” Oehler said.

On Monday, police announced that the victim was 34-year-old Lauren Hoover of Murray.

The suspect was identified as 38-year-old Philip Gorst, who lived at the home where the shooting occurred.


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