Police found a man lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and a head laceration about 1 a.m. Saturday, and they suspect the victim was one of two individuals who may have been shot as part of the same incident.
Lt. Dave Hoffman of the Salt Lake Police Department said police responded to a call involving a man who was thrown out of the Front Row Bar, 1440 W. 200 South, by a bouncer.
There were complaints that five to seven shots had been fired. When officers arrived, a 22-year-old man was lying in the road with the gunshot and head wounds and was taken to University Hospital in critical condition.
Witnesses said a fight had broken out in the bar earlier involving the victim, who at one point was hit in the head with a bottle. After he was thrown out of the bar, witnesses said a Polynesian man hit the victim and knocked him to the ground, Hoffman said.
After that, witnesses said two Hispanic men in dark clothing began shooting at him, Hoffman said. One man stood directly above the victim while he was on the ground and shot the victim in the abdomen.
Witnesses also said a second man was shot in the leg during the altercation. About 4 a.m., a 27-year-old man walked into St. Mark's Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left lower leg. However, Hoffman said this individual has been "very uncooperative with officers, so we don't have any details on that one."
"Our gang investigators responded, so they are looking into any kind of gang ties," Hoffman said.
Anyone with any information should call 801-799-3000.