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Investigation begins into shooting death of 2 boys in South Jordan

By Jordan Ormond and Sandra Yi | Posted - Nov 16th, 2013 @ 12:34pm

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SOUTH JORDAN — Police begin their investigation into a shooting that left two boys dead.

Two juvenile boys were found dead Friday evening after police responded to a report of shots fired near 4700 Pine Canyon Lane. Police said one boy was 15 years old; the other was 12.

South Jordan police released a statement Saturday morning stating that police obtained a search warrant overnight for the residence where the incident took place. They are currently processing the scene.

The statement also said that three juveniles were taken into to the South Jordan Police Department Friday where they were questioned then released to their parents. None of those questioned are suspects in the shootings at this time, police said.

Police also believe that there is no danger of a shooter on the loose.

South Jordan police officers were called to the home at about 4:30 p.m. Friday by an off-duty officer from West Valley City, South Jordan Police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said.

The officer told police he was driving through the neighborhood, on his way home, when he was flagged down by a boy who had been in the house. He found the two juveniles dead in the basement of the home and called police, Winkler said.

"We don't know if it's accidental, intentional, (a) suicide pact. We don't have any of that information," Winkler said.

"Hopefully, as our detectives interview the other parties that were on scene, (and as) forensic crews from West Jordan and South Jordan go through the scene, hopefully we can get more evidence at the scene that will lead us ... to a little more of what happened," the sergeant said.

There were three other boys in the home, Winkler said. They were taken in for questioning, but it was unclear Friday night whether they witnessed the shooting or were just in the home.

The deceased boys' names have not been released pending notification of family.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said the family who lives in the home has five kids: four boys and a girl. The youngest is 8 years old, the neighbor said, and the others are teenagers.


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