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Crime Specialist Karen Scullin reportingSalt Lake City investigators are working to see if a double shooting on the city's east side is related to a third one nearby.
Two of the victims are in critical condition. The third was found dead at the scene.
Around 5:30 this morning, a newspaper carrier found a man lying on the sidewalk near 1171 East and 200 South bleeding from a gunshot wound.
Just a few blocks north, around 2 a.m., two men were found shot, apparently while inside their vehicle. The driver was found lying on the pavement and the passenger was still in his seat.
The two victims have been identified as 21-year-old Jose Talancon: he has a history of weapons violations and theft. The second victim is 31-year-old Jaime Nunez-Guiterrez: he has a history of theft, illegal gun possession and possession of methamphetamine.
The third victim has not been identified. It's possible the three are affiliated with a gang, but that has not been confirmed.
Both crime scenes are very near the University of Utah, and neighbors say they're surprised by what happened.
"There are a lot of children here of all ages, and we don't have something like this happening," says resident Catherine Scott.
"I'm not too concerned with it happening again, let's put it that way. It's not a pleasant thing at all. I wouldn't wish it on any neighborhood," says resident Brendon Cannon.
Police are unsure about any motive. They don't have a suspect yet and they're still not clear on the chain of events that led to the shootings. The two surviving gunshot victims remain in critical condition.