A Salt Lake man shot in the neck is "a very lucky person" following what he called a "case of mistaken identity" that led to a shooting outside a downtown hotel Friday afternoon, officials said.
Arnoldo Miranda, 26, suffered a superficial wound and was in good condition at LDS Hospital Friday afternoon, a hospital spokesman said.Police have a suspect in the shooting, which occurred in a parking lot near 160 W. Sixth South, based on an anonymous tip, said Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Don Bell.
Witnesses told police Miranda was backing his vehicle from a convenience store parking stall when another man ran up to his car and fired a single shot through the driver's window, Lt. R.E. Johnson said.
The bullet struck Miranda and blew out the passenger window, Johnson said.
"He's a very lucky person," Bell said.
Following an interview with Miranda, Bell said the victim told him the gunman believed Miranda to be another person in a "case of mistaken identity."
The gunman told Miranda "this is to settle an old score" before firing the shot, Bell said he was told during the interview.
After the shooting Miranda walked from his car and into the convenience store, Johnson said
"At first I thought he was kidding," the convenience store clerk said, referring to when Miranda entered and said he'd been shot.
"Then he walked out and another guy came in and said, "This guy's been shot,' " she said.
She then went outside and found Miranda talking on the phone and bleeding. He came back in the store and sat down, throwing up his hands and saying he didn't know who the gunman was, she said.
The gunman was apparently waiting in the convenience store parking lot for 11/2 hours, the clerk said. He came into the store periodically to make a purchase - "a Tootsie Roll, a Twinkie, a hot dog, whatever," the clerk said.
Miranda and two eyewitnesses gave a description of the gunman to police while another anonymous caller identified the assailant by name, Bell said.
Eyewitnesses described a white male, 22, 5-foot-8, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans and driving a gray, late-model, foreign economy car, Johnson said.