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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Police make arrest in Sandy drive-by shooting that injured two boys

By Wendy Leonard, Deseret News | Updated - Apr. 18, 2021 at 2:32 p.m. | Posted - Apr. 16, 2021 at 7:28 p.m.

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SANDY — Police have arrested a man believed to have shot at two boys in Sandy on Friday afternoon.

Tyson Conner Rocco, 18, was arrested Saturday in connection with Friday's drive-by shooting near 8800 South and 200 East, during which two Midvale boys, ages 13 and 14, were injured. The boys, who were walking along the sidewalk at the time of the shooting, are expected to survive.

One of the boys was shot twice, in the left thigh and the ankle, and the other was shot in the hand as they were running from Rocco, who had pulled up alongside the boys and asked where they were from before he started shooting at them, according to a jail booking statement.

The document states that after seeing news reports of the shooting, acquaintances of Rocco's family informed police that Rocco may have been involved.

Rocco was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of murder and felony discharge of a firearm.

Police did not release information regarding the boys' relation, if any, to Rocco, but the probable cause statement indicates Rocco was outside the home of cousins of one of the boys.

It is also unknown if the incident is gang-related, though criminal records indicate that Rocco was previously involved in other gang-related issues. The 18-year-old was arrested in mid-March and charged with assault that occurred in January.

Correction: A previous report stated the boys were ages 12 and 14, but the latest information from police indicates they are 13 and 14. Both boys hail from Midvale.

Wendy Leonard


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