2nd person faces charge in fatal drive-by shooting in Salt Lake

A Salt Lake man was charged Wednesday with hiding a rifle after police say it was used to kill a man during a drive-by shooting at a graduation party in Salt Lake City last year.

A Salt Lake man was charged Wednesday with hiding a rifle after police say it was used to kill a man during a drive-by shooting at a graduation party in Salt Lake City last year. (Johanna Kirk, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A criminal charge was filed Wednesday against a man accused of hiding a rifle that police believe was used to kill a man during a drive-by shooting in Salt Lake City last year.

Felix "Fat" Issara, 19, of Salt Lake City, was charged in 3rd District Court with obstructing justice, a second-degree felony, and a no bail warrant was issued for his arrest. He was picked up by St. George police Wednesday evening and booked into jail in Washington County.

Sean Amone, 20, was shot twice in the head and killed in a drive-by shooting about 1:40 a.m. on June 6 at 1354 N. General Drive. Four other men, all 19 or 20, were also shot and injured.

One man was shot in the leg and hand, another was shot in the hip and the bullet also punctured his lung, and a third man was shot in the ankle, knee and shoulder, according to charging documents. The shot that hit the man in the shoulder traveled into his chest, causing extensive bleeding. A fourth man was also shot in the hip, and the bullet pierced his liver and exited his lower chest.

The victims told detectives that they had been at a graduation dance at Trolley Square earlier in the evening but left after a fight broke out and shots were exchanged outside the building. Salt Lake police say one person was shot in the leg during that confrontation.

The group then went to Amone's house. It was originally reported that the group continued their graduation festivities at the house on General Drive. But family members say by that time, the graduation party was over. According to family members, the group had gone to Amone's house to seek shelter from the incident at Trolley Square.

A 15-year-old boy was later arrested and charged in 3rd District Juvenile Court with murder for allegedly firing the shots that killed Amone. The 15-year-old admitted to police he had been involved in a fistfight earlier at Trolley Square, according to court documents. After taking his friend who was shot in the leg to a local hospital, the 15-year-old met with another group and allegedly stated, "Any Polynesians from Rose Park are getting smoked."

The drive-by shooting on General Drive occurred about 90 minutes later. KSL.com is not naming the accused shooter at this time.

One of the men shot at the General Drive address told police that as he was standing outside the house when a Dodge Avenger passed by. A few minutes later, the same vehicle drove past the house again, "and that's when shots started ringing out from the car," the charges state. The victim said there were multiple shots that happened "really fast" over the course of five to 10 seconds.

Police say several bullets struck a neighboring house and went through a glass door and multiple walls in the house. Six shots hit the neighbor's house, including one that ended up in a television, and two hit a vinyl fence, according to charging documents.

Detectives recovered 9mm shell casings and .223 shell casings from both the neighbor house and the home where Amone was shot.

Police followed leads and were able to recover a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle from a residence in Salt Lake City and found the Dodge Avenger at another residence in Magna.

After the 15-year-old's arrest, police learned that Issara was the driver of the Avenger during the drive-by shooting, according to the charges. Investigators believe he is also the one who hid the rifle that was recovered in a bedroom closet.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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