SALT LAKE CITY — A man was hospitalized Sunday after he was shot in the mouth by an unknown man.
The victim, about 20, was standing in an empty parking lot at 441 S. 400 West, near MoJo Fly-Thru coffee, when a black man in a white vehicle drove up, shot him once in the face, and drove away, said Salt Lake Police Lt. Michael Ross.
The coffee shop was closed at the time of the shooting, he said.
According to Ross, the victim said he did not know the shooter.
Police responded shortly after 7:05 a.m. and found that the victim was able to talk to police. He was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries to the face.
"Of course he was in a lot of pain, but luckily the bullet simply entered his mouth and did not strike him in the brain, in the skull," Ross said.
Police are still investigating the incident and did not know if drug activity played a role in the shooting. Investigators planned to review surveillance video from a nearby convenience store for possible footage of the vehicle leaving the scene.