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3 adults, 2 juveniles arrested in Kearns shooting

Published: Friday, July 3 2015 6:35 p.m. MDT

Five people, all between the ages of 16 and 20, have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in Kearns Monday night. (Shuttertock) Five people, all between the ages of 16 and 20, have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in Kearns Monday night. (Shuttertock)

KEARNS — Five people, all between the ages of 16 and 20, have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting Monday night.

About 6:15 p.m., five people in a silver Ford Mustang drove by a house at 4859 W. 4985 South. One of the residents was standing outside, and a person from inside the vehicle fired multiple shots from 20 to 30 feet away, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. The windows of the home were hit but none of the six people on the property were injured.

An officer who happened to be in the area spotted the Mustang speeding away and pulled it over. Inside, he found a shotgun and empty shell casings, Hoyal said.

Police determined a 17-year-old boy was the shooter, and he was booked into juvenile detention for investigation of attempted murder. Hoyal said he was also a juvenile parole fugitive.

Guillermo Bonilla, 20, Kelly Parmao, 19, and Alberto Chavez, 19, were all booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of conspiracy to commit attempted murder and obstruction of justice. A 16-year-old girl was booked into juvenile detention for investigation of the same charge.

Police say Bonilla was the driver of the vehicle. Then other occupants of the vehicle told investigators that Bonilla drove the car "to the residence twice for two separate shootings," a Salt Lake County Jail report states.

At least two suspects denied being in the car at the time of the shooting, according to the report. An immigration hold was also placed on Parmao.

A motive for the shooting was unknown Tuesday. But Hoyal said the five arrested have known gang ties and investigators were looking into whether the shooting was gang-related.

All of the adults have minor or no adult criminal histories, according to state court records. Bonilla took a plea in abeyance in August to misdemeanor drug-related charges.

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