Teen, Chihuahua killed in West Valley City shooting

WEST VALLE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – A 15-year-old boy and a small dog are dead after a shooting in West Valley City Thursday night.

West Valley City police were dispatched to the intersection of 4100 South and Bangerter after reports of shots fired around 9:45 p.m. When officers arrived, they found the dead teen and Chihuahua in a blue minivan. 

Officers say it all started when the victim and his three friends were confronted by another group in a vehicle near 3500 South Bangerter Highway.  After some words were exchanged police say the teens "attempted to lose" the group. 

"The other driver followed the victim at high speeds, running several red lights, and weaving in and out of traffic in the area," police said.

At 4100 South the victim was forced to slow down due to traffic in the area. That's when police say the car that had been following them pulled up beside the van and fired multiple shots, killing the teen and the dog.

The suspect vehicle then took off, officials say. Police say witnesses described the vehicle as a silver or gold Mitsubishi-like car with three or four young people inside, "possibly Hispanic".

Shortly after the bullets were fired, investigators say the van the victim was driving slammed into another vehicle as a result of the shooting. Luckily there were no injuries in that crash.

The other three teens in the van with the victim were not injured.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or witnesses of "reckless driving" of the vehicles described in this case are asked to call West Valley police at 801-840-4000.

This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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