Man carrying drugs shot in leg

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SALT LAKE CITY — A 21-year-old man with a "sizable amount of cash" and several different types of drugs was shot in the leg early Monday, according to police.

The victim told police he thought he was shot by a gang member. But investigators were looking Monday at a possible drug deal gone bad.

Just after midnight, residents in the area of 650 North and 800 West called 911 reporting gunfire. Officers arrived to find a man in the driver's seat of a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the leg, said Salt Lake police detective Mike Hamideh.

Detectives believe three to four shots were fired, with one of the rounds hitting an unoccupied nearby vehicle that was not part of the confrontation, he said.

"Most of (the shots) went into (the victim's) car," he said.

The victim did not call police after he was shot but a friend did, Hamideh said. After the man was taken to the hospital, investigators discovered he had a "sizable" amount of cash in his pockets and small amounts of drugs including cocaine, heroin and marijuana.

The man claimed he was approached by a person who was yelling gang lingo and then opened fire, said Hamideh.

The man was taken to the hospital in serious condition. No one had been arrested in connection with the incident as of late Monday morning. Hamideh said possible charges against the victim for drug possession would be screened with prosecutors.


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