SALT LAKE CITY — A 36-year-old man was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated murder Saturday night after police say he shot two men, killing one and injuring the other.
Police say Michael Eugene Vigil, 36, was involved in a verbal dispute with two other men at 440 N. Grant St. about 8 p.m. when he drew a gun and shot at the men. One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was transported to an area hospital in serious condition, said Salt Lake City Police Lt. Brian Purvis.
The shooting took place in front of the home in view of several witnesses, including children, police said. An 8-year-old received a minor leg injury, which Purvis said may have been caused by shrapnel from the gunfire.
"We've got a lot of different witness accounts," he said. "It's hard to say for sure what transpired."
Police were called to the scene, where Vigil surrendered without incident, Purvis said. Police did not release names of the victims Sunday.
Purvis said the three men knew each other and may have had ties to gangs, but it was not known whether the incident was gang-related.
News of the shooting and Vigil's involvement came as a surprise to neighbors Sunday.
"Since I've been here, they haven't done anything wrong for me or for any people," said Amos Konan, a neighbor.
Another neighbor said she considers Vigil a friend and would trust him with her children.1 comment on this story
In addition to the first-degree felony aggravated murder charge, Vigil is being investigated for criminal attempt to commit a capitol felony, a first-degree felony; weapons violation for a restricted person, a third-degree felony; reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana and operating a vehicle without proof of insurance, both class B misdemeanors.
Vigil's criminal history includes a third-degree felony conviction for attempting to tamper with evidence in 1999 and a third-degree felony aggravated assault charge in 1996 that was reduced to a class B misdemeanor simple assault in a plea deal.
Contributing: Sandra Yi and Jared Page