Salt Lake police arrest man who they say shot another man in the stomach

Salt Lake police say they found the gun pictured in this photo while investigating a shooting near the Gateway Inn on Friday.

Salt Lake police say they found the gun pictured in this photo while investigating a shooting near the Gateway Inn on Friday. (Salt Lake police)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Police in Salt Lake City arrested a man who is accused of shooting another man in the stomach, seriously injuring him, early Friday.

The investigation began at 1:12 a.m. after the shooting was reported at the Gateway Inn, 819 W. North Temple. Officers found the man, 42, bleeding from his stomach and "quickly provided first aid," Salt Lake police said in a statement.

The man was taken to a hospital in serious condition with injuries to his arm, kidney and colon.

According to a police booking affidavit, Salt Lake City police stopped vehicles leaving the area immediately after the shooting until they could find out more information about the alleged shooter. After collecting surveillance video of the incident, detectives discovered one of the men that officers had stopped matched the description of the shooter.

"In the video it is observed the victim and (the gunman) are in a physical altercation. The victim and (gunman) appear to have a short 'standoff' on the second story, (he) reaches for his shoulder bag, then extending his arm toward the victim. Immediately the victim doubles over and places his hands on his abdomen and runs away, down the stairs," the affidavit states.

Anthony Griffin, 42, was taken into custody. When police searched his bag they found a stolen gun, a "large quantity" of cocaine and a "large amount" of cash, according to the affidavit.

Griffin was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of illegal discharge of a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, and distributing/offering/arranging distribution of a controlled substance, police said. During a criminal background check, officers learned that Griffin was previously convicted of undisclosed felonies in Georgia and Louisiana, the affidavit states.

The area around Gateway Inn was a "focus area for proactive policing efforts" for Salt Lake police during May through July, and officers made 24 felony arrests during that time, the statement notes.

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Ashley Imlay covers state politics and breaking news for KSL.com. A lifelong Utahn, Ashley has also worked as a reporter for the Deseret News and is a graduate of Dixie State University.

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