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Man accused of shooting ex's date is charged with attempted murder

A man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend's date was charged Monday with attempted murder.

A man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend's date was charged Monday with attempted murder. (Shutterstock)

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FARMINGTON — A man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend's date in the leg is now facing a charge of attempted murder.

Aaron Gaitan, 36, of Layton, was charged Monday with the first-degree felony in 2nd District Court. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony.

On Oct. 5, Layton police responded to a shooting at a home. While officers were en route, they were flagged down by several people in a nearby parking lot where a 35-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to his leg, according to police.

The man's vehicle "had a bullet hole and a shattered window," charging documents state.

The victim, who was transported to a local hospital, told investigators that he had taken a woman to dinner that night. When he dropped her off at her home and parked in her driveway, Gaitan — whom he did not know — opened the driver's side door and told the victim "I'm going to kill you," according to the charges.

Police later learned that Gaitan and the woman had recently broken up after living together, charging documents state.

Gaitan hit the man several times in the head with a gun and also struck the woman when she tried to intervene, the charges state. He then told the woman to go inside the house.

As the victim started to drive away, Gaitan shot at his truck, according to charging documents. Concerned for the woman, the man turned his truck around. But as he drove back toward the home, Gaitan "ran up to the passenger's side door and fired a second round, which struck (the victim) in the leg," according to the charges.


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