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Brian Nicholson, Deseret Morning News
A friend of a 23-year-old shooting victim mourns near the vehicle used to transport the victim to the hospital early Wednesday morning.

A 23-year-old man is in critical condition after a shooting in a Rose Park neighborhood late Tuesday night.

The man was apparently shot in the back and the bullet exited through his neck, said Salt Lake Police Lt. Isaac Atencio.

A friend attempted to drive the wounded man to a hospital, but stopped his Dodge SUV near Main Street and North Temple to wave down a fire truck, Atencio said.

The man was transported to a Salt Lake hospital, where he was in critical condition, police said.

Friends of the victim wept and embraced each other on the street corner while police sorted through evidence early this morning.

The details, police said, were vague.

Early reports from the victim's friends said a silver minivan stopped near 900 W. North Temple, and the occupants pepper sprayed two girls and shot the man.

Investigators said neither the address nor the story held up.

"Right now that's looking to be a story made up to throw us off," Atencio said. "The stories right now are a little convoluted. We've got three different folks in the vehicle and each one is telling a different story.

Police said the shooting took place in a Rose Park neighborhood, but would not give an approximate address.

Officers found multiple bullet holes and blood inside an apartment, Atencio said. He expected better information from witnesses this morning.

"I think we'll have some pretty good leads to go on," Atencio said.