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1 dead, 1 critically injured in shooting at Draper party

Police investigate a shooting at an Airbnb in Draper Sunday morning.

Police investigate a shooting at an Airbnb in Draper Sunday morning. (Kiersten Nunez, KSL-TV)

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DRAPER — One person was killed and another critically injured Sunday when a house party ended in gunfire.

Draper Police Lt. Dustin Willie said a party was being thrown at a house, 11464 Cranberry Hill (280 East), that was rented out through Airbnb. At some point during the night, several people who were not invited to the party showed up, he said.

Just after 1 a.m., as the party was winding down, one of those uninvited guests got into an argument with another person in the street outside the house. During the altercation, the uninvited guest pulled out a handgun and fired multiple rounds, Willie said.

One person, a man in his 20s, who is believed to have been the intended target, died at the scene. A second man in his 20s, a bystander not involved in the initial argument, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, Willie said. The identities of both men have not yet been released.

As soon as the shots were fired, other partygoers scattered and attempted to quickly drive away. The gunman attempted to carjack some of those people but was unsuccessful, Willie said. A short time later, the man got into a vehicle and drove off. It was not known Sunday if the man drove off in the car he arrived in or took a friend's car.

Officers from multiple agencies, including the Utah Department of Public Safety that sent its helicopter, responded to the area to search for the gunman but were unable to locate him.

Detectives were looking for a Hispanic man with a stocky build who has tattoos on his face, including "801" tattooed over one of his eyebrows, he said.

Anyone with information about the shooting or who was at the party is encouraged to call police at 801-840-4000.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News


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