16 year old wounded in West Valley City shooting

Police looking for suspects in a red, midsize car

WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC4 Utah News) - A 16 year old boy is recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg after a drive by shooting Thursday evening at 4100 South, 5400 West.

Lieutenant Steve Burke of the West Valley City Police Department said that about 6:15 pm a midsize red passenger car containing a woman and 2 men pulled up to a group of five young men from a different part of the Salt Lake Valley who were there to look at a car that was advertised online.

According to Lt. Burke, the two groups exchanged words and a backseat passenger began shooting, striking the 16 year old in the thigh. He was taken to a local hospital in good condition with non-life threatening injuries.

22 year old Francisco Murillo and his father saw the red car and its occupants.

"I think it was one woman in the back and my Dad says that she had a bandana," Murillo said. "I'm guessing that she might have been the shooter and three other guys in the car. They left in a hurry and it was a bad scene."

ABC4 Utah News asked Murillo if he thought the shooting was gang related.

"I think so 'cause a lot of people here they like to assume that you're in a gang by the way you dress and all that," Murrillo said. "There's been a lot of shootings over gang stuff."

Lt. Burke said having only a vague description of the vehicle makes the investigation tough.

"It's very difficult because you look at our stolen vehicle hot sheet and there's probably half a dozen red cars on it that match the basic description of what we've got," Lt. Burke said. "So what we'd be looking for is anybody that might have seen the shooting or any part of it to call us and that and that little piece of information that breaks the whole case wide open."

Lt. Burke also asks anyone who has home surveillance video from the area to call the West Valley City Police Department.

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