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Police: Mother, 3 children involved in drive-by shooting

Police: Mother, 3 children involved in drive-by shooting

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WEST VALLEY CITY — A mother and her three children were involved in a drive-by shooting on SR-201 Friday night, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

UHP Sgt. Donavan Lucas said the incident occurred between 5600 West and Bangerter Highway on SR-201 when a Ford Explorer with three or four occupants headed eastbound was driving erratically and cutting other drivers off.

“That’s when the suspected vehicle pulled up alongside the victim’s vehicle at a high rate of speed, shot and then took off,” Lucas said.

The single round entered through the passenger door, shattering the window, continuing down through the center console and exiting through the lower portion of the driver’s side floor, Lucas said.

The mother — who had her three children in the car with her — called dispatch and followed the suspect’s vehicle until they were directed to stop, Lucas said. A West Valley City police officer was nearby and stopped on the side of the road with the woman and UHP officers then responded.

Lucas said initial reporters claim the mother was grazed by the bullet, and medical responders arrived on scene to be safe. Otherwise no one was injured during the incident.

The best description police have of the suspect’s vehicle is that it’s a dark-colored Ford Explorer with a purple or blue license plate illuminator, according to Lucas.

Anyone with information can call Utah Highway Patrol at 801-887-3800.

More information will be updated as it becomes available.

Contributing: Lee Lonsberry

Betsy Tracy

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