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Shooting Suspect May Be Linked to Other Crimes

Shooting Suspect May Be Linked to Other Crimes



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Tonya Papanikolas Reporting Two 18-year-olds are being charged with murder in a freeway shooting that left a teenage boy dead. One of the suspects was wanted by several police agencies for violent crimes over the last couple of weeks.

At one point, West Valley police were pleading for the public's help to find any witnesses to the freeway shooting. But things turned around for them when they were able to identify the driver of the suspect's car. And police say this wasn't his only shooting.

It was early in the morning on June 24 when four friends left a club and drove onto I-15. But as the group reached the 201 interchange, someone opened fire on their car, killing 17-year-old Luis Trujillo.

Capt. Tom McLachlan of the West Valley City Police Department said, "It's a case that very easily could have gone cold, quick."

Shooting Suspect May Be Linked to Other Crimes

At first, police didn't have a lot to go on. But then a witness came forward, telling officers Samuel Krokaugger was the driver who had passed a gun to a passenger in the back, Mohamed Kabor.

"He passed the weapon to Mr. Kabor and instructed him to shoot at the car," Cpt. McLachlan said.

As West Valley police investigated, they found Krokaugger was a suspect in two other shootings.

Just four days after the freeway shooting, Salt Lake City police say Krokaugger pulled up beside a car at 800 South and 900 West and fired twice, hitting a passenger. The man survived.

Shooting Suspect May Be Linked to Other Crimes

The same day, South Salt Lake police say Krokaugger was in the middle of an ecstasy drug deal at the Mountain Shadows Apartments when a fight broke out, and Krokaugger shot and killed 20-year-old Aaron Wheelwright.

According to Cpt. McLachlan, "The suspects helped us out by not keeping a low profile."

Indeed, the police agencies shared information, arrested Krokaugger and filed numerous charges against him, including two murder charges.

"He's an individual that needed to be taken off the street and needs to be put away in prison for a long time," McLachlan said.

It's possible the district attorney may tie all the cases together and go for a capital case, which would carry the death penalty. If that happens, Krokaugger would become Utah's youngest death row inmate.

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