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Sugar House shooting victim identified

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SALT LAKE CITY — Police on Monday identified a man killed Saturday evening in a shooting in Sugar House.

About 7 p.m. Saturday, a motorist driving near 1224 E. Parkway Ave. noticed a man lying on the ground unconscious and not breathing. The motorist called police after realizing the man, later identified as Christian McDonald, 24, of West Valley City, had been shot in the torso.

McDonald was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Salt Lake Police Sgt. Robin Heiden.

On the scene, police found a handgun with McDonald, as well as a blood trail leading a block east to Elizabeth Street.

Upon further investigation, police discovered McDonald was with another man in the area. The two got into an altercation and shot each other, Heiden said.

The other man went to a local hospital, where staff contacted police. The man has not been arrested, but police have identified him, according to Heiden. She said the man's relationship with McDonald is unclear and the investigation is ongoing.

"It wasn't a random event," Heiden said.

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