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Police search for gunmen following suspected gang shooting in Kearns

By | Posted - Jul. 12, 2011 at 10:30 p.m.

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KEARNS — Police are searching for four men who fled the scene of a shooting in a Kearns park Tuesday evening.

Investigators say it began around 7 p.m. when three teenage boys and a teenage girl got into an argument with two other teenage boys at Mountain Man Park, 4935 S. Heath Ave. When the taunting became heated, members of both groups pulled guns and started shooting at each other.

"Well, I just kinda freaked out thinking 'I just gotta get my daughter," said Darren Curtis, whose daughter was playing near the park's swing set when the gunfire erupted.

"It looked like they had no thought of who was around them or what's around them. They're just shooting at each other," Curtis said. "Too scary, way too scary."

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg, but no one else was injured.

A passerby administered first aid to the teen, and he was transported to Intermountain Medical Center once emergency crews arrived.

The four suspects fled the scene and ditched a gun, which police have since recovered. The suspects, however, remain at large.

While police are still investigating the incident, they believe it was gang-related.

Witnesses told police the four suspects left in a red, 4-door Grand Am. If you have any information on their whereabouts, or the shooting itself, contact the Unified Police Department at 801-743-7000.

Written by the news team with contributions from Jennifer Stagg.




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