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2 arrested in connection with shooting of woman outside of Murray smoke shop

By Carter Williams, | Posted - Oct. 26, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.

MURRAY — Two people were arrested Saturday in connection with a shooting outside of a smoke shop that seriously injured a woman over the weekend, police said.

Siesia Otulangi Makaafi and Andrew Lucero, both 35, were arrested in connection with the shooting near 4500 South and 300 West, Murray police said Monday. Makaafi was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault resulting in a serious bodily injury; Lucero was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, obstruction of justice and carrying a concealed loaded firearm by a restricted person.

Salt Lake County Jail records showed Lucero was still booked in the jail Monday.

Police responded to a report of a shooting outside Elite Smoke and Vape located at 4453 S. Commerce Drive shortly after 2:15 p.m. Saturday, according to information provided by Murray police in a statement and from a police affidavit filed in 3rd District Court.

Officers arrived on scene to find a woman — whose name and age weren't released — lying on the grass near the business's parking lot. A witness told police that two women were arguing while holding onto a purse outside of the store when a man, later identified as Lucero, approached them with what appeared to be a handgun, the affidavit stated.

The witness said the man then handed the gun to one of the women, later identified as Makaafi before they heard a gunshot, it continued. The report said Makaafi left the scene in a sedan while Lucero walked back into the store.

Police arrested Lucero at the scene after speaking with the witness. Officials wrote that he was in possession of a handgun with a round in the chamber and a fully-loaded magazine in his front pocket.

Makaafi called police and turned herself in shortly after the shooting, police added. Officers wrote in the affidavit that surveillance video footage was reviewed and matched with what the witness told police.

She told police she had gotten into an argument with the woman and that she "pistol whipped" the woman, according to the affidavit. Police located a black handgun in her possession, the document stated.

Court records listed Makaafi and Lucero's addresses as in West Jordan. Lucero was charged in May with transaction of a firearm or dangerous weapon in violation of the law, a third-degree felony, according to those records. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance in 3rd District Court in January.

Carter Williams


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