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Police arrest Utah man suspected of firing gun at I-15 motorists

Traffic moves along I-15 in Salt Lake City on Jan. 11. Police on Wednesday arrested a man accused of firing a gun at I-15 motorists on multiple occasions.

Traffic moves along I-15 in Salt Lake City on Jan. 11. Police on Wednesday arrested a man accused of firing a gun at I-15 motorists on multiple occasions. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)



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SANDY — Police have arrested a man who they believe can be tied to several cases of firing a gun at other cars while driving on I-15 — including one shooting that injured a woman.

Hunter J. Bott, 20, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday for investigation of reckless endangerment and shooting a gun on the freeway.

About 2 a.m. on Sept. 17, a man was driving "erratically" near 11400 South on the I-15 freeway and fired two rounds at another car, according to a police booking affidavit. The victim was not injured and quickly got off the freeway to get away from the gunman.

A second driver also noticed the same man's erratic driving pattern and attempted to get ahead of him. As the woman began to pass the man, he fired one round at her, the affidavit states.

"The suspect fired the round out of his front passenger side window, at the driver's side of (the woman's) vehicle. The bullet passed through the front driver's side door of (her) vehicle and into her left forearm. The bullet was later located on the driver's side front floorboard," police wrote in the arrest report.

The woman exited the freeway and went to the parking lot of Costco, 11100 S. Auto Mall Drive, where she called 911.

On Oct. 2, a video was posted on Snapchat of a man filming himself "shooting a handgun out his front passenger window of his vehicle while he is driving. It appears he is possibly driving on a freeway. The video also shows this individual holding and waving a black handgun with music in the background," according to the affidavit.

Law enforcement was made aware of the video. An informant told police the person in the video was believed to be Bott. Investigators compared Bott's driver's license photo to the video and determined it was the same person, the affidavit states.

Investigators noted he also matched the description given by witnesses in the Sept. 17 shootings.

Bott was located at work in Grantsville on Wednesday and interviewed. He admitted to shooting a gun out the window on Oct. 2 while driving on the freeway, the affidavit states. Bott was taken into custody after being questioned.

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