Teenager Dead Following Shooting in Magna

Witnesses describe 2 black males leave scene in a Sedan

MAGNA, Utah (ABC4 News) -  UPDATE:  Detectives have arrested a 17 year old male on charges of homicide and aggravated robbery. Detective's believe this was a gang related drug deal gone wrong.

The shooter is in custody however detectives still looking for accomplices who were present.

An 18 year-old is dead following a shooting at a Magna home late last night.

Police were called out to the scene shortly after 11 o’clock last night to a shooting at 3231 South Julia Lane.  They arrived to find the victim inside the home and applied life saving measures.

Unified Police say shortly before 11:00 p.m. a car pulled up to the home.  The victim came out of the home and engaged in a conversation with the people inside the car, before gun shots were fired.

One neighbor, who did not want to be revealed, told ABC4 News that it sounded like a pop.  He didn’t think it was gun shots until he heard more loud bangs.   He said he witnessed the car pull out of the area with its lights off and turn them on once the car exited the neighborhood and turned onto the main road.

Police say at least four rounds were fired and one struck the victim.  The victim was able to get back into the house before collapsing.  Officer arrived to find the victim in the home and applied life saving measures.  Unified Fire Authority arrived on scene shortly after and transported the victim to Intermountain Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

Investigators say several people were inside the home at the time of the shooting; there appeared to be a party going on at the time and say most of the people in the home were adults.  

Witnesses describe the suspects as two black males driving a sedan.  Police are currently looking for that vehicle and the suspects.

Investigators believe this was an isolated incident.  They say the car intentionally came to this house.  The purpose for the visit and motive for the shooting is still not know at the moment.  

The neighbor who ABC4 News spoke to said this is a very quiet neighborhood and was disturbed to learn that an 18 year-old had died.  

Investigators don’t believe there’s any threat to the public.  They believe this was an isolated incident but still are looking for the motive and reason the suspects came to the home.  Investigators do not believe this is gang related but stressed it is still very early in the investigation.


If you have any information about the suspects or their whereabouts you’re asked to contact Unified Police at 801-743-7000. 

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