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Two Shot in WVC, Attacks Appear to be Random

Two Shot in WVC, Attacks Appear to be Random



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Sandra Yi Reporting Sgt. Chad Evans: "As we have it right now, just random. There doesn't seem to be any motive that we're aware of yet."

Two shootings early Sunday morning leave police in West Valley wondering if someone is targeting innocent victims. Both victims were shot multiple times. They happened within a couple of hours of each other.

Police do not have any suspects, just a vague description in one case. And police aren't sure if the incidents are even related.

One man was shot while waiting at a red light on Bangerter Highway. The other was shot three times in a crosswalk at 2495 South and Redwood Road.

Sgt. Chad Evans: "Just unexplained."

Medical crews are trying to help a man who may have just been at the wrong place at the wrong time. The 51-year-old victim, who police say is homeless, was in a crosswalk, just after 3 o'clock Sunday morning.

Sgt. Chad Evans, West Valley City Police Dept.: "A vehicle pulled up to him that was traveling northbound, and for an unknown reason at this time, opened fire on him."

He was shot three times, in the leg and torso, and was flown to the hospital. He told police, that after the shooting, the car sped away.

Sgt. Chad Evans: "The description he gave us was a dark colored vehicle with possibly four Hispanic males in it."

Two Shot in WVC, Attacks Appear to be Random

Less than two hours before that, another man was waiting for the light to change, at 3100 South and Bangerter Highway.

Sgt. Chad Evans: "Felt something hit his car, felt some pain in his neck."

The 23-year-old victim had been shot in the arm and neck. Police say he's lucky to be alive.

Sgt. Chad Evans: "If you get shot in the neck, you'd think that it may go different than that. But being a small-caliber handgun involved in that shooting, he got lucky. There's no doubt about it."

The man didn't see a car or the shooter. Right now, neither victim can explain what happened. Police can't either.

Sgt. Chad Evans: "If that's what's happening, if they are random shootings, then people need to be careful. Keep their eyes open, be aware of their surroundings, people approaching them, vehicles slowing down, coming up next to them."

Both victims are expected to be OK. Again, police don't have a good description. But they hope someone saw something. If you have any information, call West Valley City Police.

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