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Man fired shot at group outside Salt Lake McDonald’s, police say

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Jul. 14, 2020 at 11:13 a.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — A Sandy man with a lengthy criminal history that includes shooting into a hotel room has been arrested for allegedly firing at a group outside a Salt Lake McDonald’s.

Eugene Peay, 48, was arrested Monday for investigation of four counts of aggravated assault and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.

Salt Lake police were called to McDonald’s, 2064 S. 300 West, Monday on a report of a shooting. Peay used to be a security guard at the fast-food restaurant until very recently, according to police.

“I arrived on scene and four people stated that the security officer at McDonald’s had fired one shot toward a group of people, hitting the ground in front of them, and then drove away. Camera surveillance showed the arrestee walking around his vehicle, shooting at four subjects, striking the ground, looking back at them and getting in his vehicle and driving away,” according to a police affidavit.

Peay was located his house in Sandy and arrested.

Peay has a lengthy criminal history, including most recently being convicted of firing a round into the floor of his hotel room.

“(Peay) admitted he had recently purchased a gun and wanted to fire it,” according to charging documents.

The hotel room below his was occupied but no one was injured.

Peay was convicted of discharging a firearm, a third-degree felony, and was sentenced to a term of zero to five years in the Utah State Prison. He was on parole at the time of his arrest on Monday.

Pat Reavy

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