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2 men arrested after weekend drive-by shooting in Salt Lake, police say

Police said two men have been arrested Monday for their alleged involvement in a drive-by shooting on Saturday.

Police said two men have been arrested Monday for their alleged involvement in a drive-by shooting on Saturday. (Shutterstock)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Police have arrested two men believed to be responsible for shooting two juveniles during a drive-by shooting on Saturday.

Police had been called to the area near 590 North and 1100 West around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, due to "numerous gunshots fired," according to a jail booking affidavit filed by police. Upon arriving, two juvenile victims had already been taken to Primary Children's Hospital after being hit by bullets. A third juvenile was not hit, and police said all three were "largely uncooperative" as they were questioned.

But police Monday said they had enough evidence to pursue a suspect, 19-year-old Junino Tafolla, who was found allegedly driving a car that matched the description of witnesses to the earlier shooting and was also carrying a handgun at the time of his arrest. Police said Junino Tafolla "admitted to being present and firing the handgun during this incident at the victims, stating it was self-defense, however, did not further elaborate or provide information on the circumstances," according to a police report of the incident.

Police arrested Junino Tafolla, as well as 21-year-old Eduardo Tafolla, both allegedly seen walking together prior to the shooting and were together at the time of the arrest. Eduardo Tafolla told police the firearms found in the vehicle did not belong to him, according to the police statement released on Saturday.

Felony charges including aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm are being investigated for both of the Tafolla men, whose relation remains unknown.

The two juveniles, whose names were not released, were treated for their injuries — one was shot in the arm and the other in the leg, according to police. Both juveniles are expected to recover.

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