Salt Lake police arrest man in connection with fatal May shooting

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 30-year-old man in May during a large party at a Salt Lake City warehouse.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 30-year-old man in May during a large party at a Salt Lake City warehouse. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 30-year-old man in a Glendale neighborhood in May.

Abdihakim Abdullahi Mohamed was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Tuesday for investigation of aggravated murder. He is accused of killing Nico Christopher Patino at 1810 W. Fortune Road (1330 South). Police say additional arrests may be coming.

On May 26, police responded to a report of a shooting just after 4 a.m. Patino was found in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene, police stated.

"Detectives believe Mohamed and other suspects showed up at an after-hours event in a warehouse and shot Patino before taking off in a car," Salt Lake police said on Wednesday. "The motive remains under investigation."

According to a search warrant affidavit, a large party, possibly a rave, was taking place at the warehouse.

Witnesses told detectives that "an altercation occurred in the courtyard/parking lot where a silver vehicle containing at least four (men) fired rounds at (Patino), who was struck and died."

Detectives reviewed video from surveillance cameras from the warehouse and "observed (Patino) exiting the building via the front door and walking a short distance through the parking lot before stopping to have what appeared to be a disagreement with the adult female witness he arrived with," according to a police booking affidavit.

As Patino and the woman were standing outside their vehicle, Mohamed is seen on video in a car slowly driving past them. The car then stopped, the affidavit states.

"The victim turned his attention to the vehicle and appeared to be speaking with the car's driver. As the victim was talking with the driver of the car, multiple coordinated shooters on foot and in the vehicle fired at the victim. The victim was seen turning to his right and falling toward the ground," according to the affidavit.

Additional video from security cameras showed two men getting out of the vehicle Mohamed was in and walking around the parking lot, according to police.

"As detectives followed the subjects on foot through the parking lot on video, the subjects were observed standing in line as if they were going to try to get into the venue. One of the subjects observed exiting the suspect vehicle was observed adjusting a firearm near his waist area that had a curved rifle-type magazine," the affidavit states.

The search warrant further states that "officers discovered multiple shell casings from various calibers, including .22, . 45, and rifle rounds. These rounds were scattered around the parking lot and the fenced smoking area. This suggests that there is a strong possibility of multiple shooters."

The booking report states that Mohamed was tracked down and arrested after investigators were able to identify the car he was in and searched his phone and social media records.

"(Mohamed) is one of multiple shooters. The firearms in this case have not been recovered. The investigation is still ongoing with additional suspects still outstanding," according to the report.

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


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