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Surveillance video may hold clues to fatal shooting

By Shara Park and Andrew Adams | Posted - Dec. 30, 2011 at 7:29 a.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Police are hoping that newly released surveillance video will provide clues in a fatal shooting near the Gateway Mall.

Around 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, Salt Lake City police received a call of a man down in the area of 100 South and 600 West. Upon arrival, they found the victim, Armando Torrez-Rodriguez, dead on the sidewalk from an apparent gunshot wound.

Police had very few details about what happened to Torrez-Rodriguez, but during the course of the investigation, homicide detectives gathered several surveillance videos from nearby businesses. One video shows the victim buying a cup of coffee at a convenience store on North Temple and 900 West. Another shows him walking east on North Temple past a restaurant, turning south on 600 West, and finally east on 100 South.

Detectives also believe one surveillance video may show the person who shot Torrez-Rodriguez leaving the scene of the crime. In the last scene of the video, there is glimpse of a car leaving the scene. Police believe it may have been the getaway car used that morning.

By releasing these videos, police are hoping to jog the memory of anyone who may have been in the area where Torrez-Rodriguez was killed. They say they need all the help they can get right now - even the smallest detail is valuable at this point in the investigation.

Written with contributions from Shara Park and Andrew Adams.

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