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Derek Petersen, KSL TV, File

One man shot, one arrested in Magna incident

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Updated - May 26, 2020 at 1:59 p.m. | Posted - May 26, 2020 at 9:42 a.m.

MAGNA — One man was arrested and police were looking for at least one more following a shooting in Magna early Tuesday.

Unified police were dispatched to a call of shots fired about 2:15 a.m. in the area of 3500 S. Mason Vista Way (7300 West).

“Several shots had been heard followed by someone screaming for help,” said Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray.

Officers found a 29-year-old man in the parking lot of Reams Food Store with a gunshot wound to the back, according to a police affidavit. It was a person who police had spoken with earlier in the evening while investigating another suspicious incident, according to Gray.

In the prior incident, Gray said the victim was reported as being suspicious because he was acting “odd,” such as staring at people.

The man got into a verbal dispute with another group at a 7-Eleven, 7200 West 3500 South, the affidavit states. That altercation then continued at the nearby Ream’s parking lot.

Police located Juan Ledezma Avila, 18, a short distance away, thanks in part to witnesses and to evidence left behind at the convenience store, Gray said. A gun was found in the road not far from where Avila was stopped, according to the affidavit.

At least one other person was involved in the shooting, but “Juan refused to reveal the name of the other involved suspect despite video surveillance of Juan and this unidentified male entering the (7-Eleven) together prior to the shooting,” the affidavit states.

Avila was arrested for investigation of aggravated assault resulting in serious injury, shooting in the direction of a person, reckless endangerment and obstructing justice.

Pat Reavy

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