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Gunman confronts alleged vandals, shoots 2 women driving away, police say

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KEARNS — Police arrested a Taylorsville man over the weekend who they say shot two 18-year-old women, possibly paralyzing one of them.

Faalae So’o, 37, was arrested Sunday for investigation of aggravated assault resulting in serious injury, and eight counts of illegally shooting.

Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, emergency dispatchers received reports of shots fired in the area of 3700 West and 5100 South.

“The two victims were transported to the hospital for evaluation. One of the victims received an injury to their arm due to gunfire. The other victim was shot in the back and the preliminary evaluation indicates that person will be paralyzed,” according to a police booking affidavit.

Both victims are 18-year-old women, according to police.

So’o told police he was standing outside an acquaintance’s residence when two cars “sped into the complex with loud music,” the affidavit states. The vehicles stopped and So’o said he heard the occupants talk about whether they were at the right place.

“(So’o) said he then heard a loud boom and thought it was gunfire. (He) approached the group as they were damaging a car with bricks and a tire iron. (So’o) said a male was holding an object but he wasn’t sure what it was,” the affidavit states.

So’o then pulled out his gun and the four to five people whom he said were damaging a car got back into their own vehicles and started to drive away, according to the affidavit. But then the cars stopped, drove a little further, and stopped again.

(So’o) said the brake lights were on when the cars were stopped but he was worried they may back up.

–Police affidavit

“(So’o) said the brake lights were on when the cars were stopped but he was worried they may back up. (He) said he aimed at the tires/back of the car and fired his gun,” according to the affidavit.

Police say at least eight rounds were fired.

According to state court records, So’o has no prior criminal history in Utah.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News


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