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MIDVALE -- A Midvale man was shot Tuesday afternoon when he returned to his apartment and stumbled on a burglar. The gunman got away.
Midvale detectives said they were working on a couple of leads Tuesday night, but there's been no arrest.
The man who was shot seemed to be recovering well Tuesday evening, but officers say he had to go back to the hospital for bleeding.
Tim Carroll seemed to be in good spirits just hours after he was shot in his side by a burglar who broke into his apartment at the Candlestick Lane complex.
"I wanted to beat him up really, but I didn't get a chance to, so he got away," Carroll said.
The shooting happened just before 3 p.m. Carroll said he left his apartment to go boxing but forgot his mouthpiece. He returned to his apartment to find a young man going through his things, holding his computer.
"He turned at me and shot at me, and then it went over my shoulder," Carroll said. "Then I ran at him and jumped at him and grabbed the gun and pulled it down, and then he shot me in the side and then took off out the front door."
Carroll called 911 while compressing his wound. Police and emergency crews were there within minutes, and officers went door to door warning residents.
"I was back at my apartment, and the police came back and they were knocking on all of the doors, and they told everyone there was a man running around with a white T-shirt, with a gun, and that he had just shot someone," said a neighbor named Gloria.
Police searched the area using their K-9 unit to track the suspect's scent. Eventually the trail went cold and they called off the search.
"From what our victim can tell us is that the suspect fled out the front door, and it's unknown whether he jumped into a car," said Midvale police Sgt. Marcelo Rapela.
Carroll was nearly shot in the head, but don't call him lucky.
"Everybody keeps saying that," Carroll said. "I don't think getting shot feels lucky. I feel unlucky, I guess. I guess I'm lucky it didn't get worse."
Carroll described the suspect as a "tweeker," or someone who uses meth.
If you have any information on the shooter, call the Midvale Police Department at 801-840-4000.
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