The much anticipated final report on the Trolley Square massacre has been released by Salt Lake City police.
Although the report goes into detail about what happened the tragic night of Feb. 12, the 10-page report supplemented with 32 pages of diagrams, does not offer much information that wasn't already known. The report was compiled following extensive interviews by investigators with relatives, friends, co-workers and teachers.
The biggest question on most minds, "Why did it happen?" remained unanswered.
"Surprisingly, law enforcement was able to learn relatively little about Sulejman Talovic and his motive for committing these atrocities," the report stated.
Rich Quinn, whose wife, Vanessa, was killed in the Feb. 12 shooting was grateful for the police's efforts.
"To try to get some answers even though nobody expected to find any, I was extremely impressed," he said.
The report was released to the victims' families and the survivors during a meeting this morning at the U.S. Attorney's Office. The families of the victims met with police officers and other first responders.
"It was just a very real one-on-one personal kind of thing," said Ken Hammond, the off-duty Ogden police officer who got into a shootout with Talovic. "To be able to see family members of the victims, it made it that much more real and personal."
Out of respect for the families, Hammond said he would not reveal what was said in that meeting.
Talovic, 18, shot and killed Jeffrey Walker, Vanessa Quinn, Teresa Ellis, Brad Frantz and Kirsten Hinckley and wounded four others after he randomly opened fire on unsuspecting shoppers both in and around Trolley Square. He was armed with a Mossburg 12-gauge pump action shotgun with pistol grip and a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber five-shot Revolver.
He was shot and killed in a gun battle a short time later with Salt Lake City Police Sgts. Andy Oblad, Josh Scharman and detectives Dustin Marshall and Brett Olsen and off-duty Ogden police officer Ken Hammond.
One of the new details revealed in the released documents was that Talovic was shot 15 times by police.
Oblad fired twice at Talovic after the gunman fired his shotgun at Oblad first. Oblad and Hammond faced Talovic together from one direction. From the opposite direction, Scharman fired three rounds into Talovic's back and then two more into his chest and one into his head after he Talovic turned to face him. Olsen fired five times at Talovic and then twice more when he turned toward him. Marshall fired another five rounds at Talovic.
A total of 29 shotgun shells fired by Talovic were recovered at the crime scene.
But what caused Talovic to commit what the report called, "one of the worst murder incidents in the history of the city," remained unsolved by police.
"None of the people interviewed believed the violent act committed by Sulejman Talovic could have been predicted," the report stated.
As had been reported previously by the Deseret Morning News, Talovic was characterized in the report as a loner who rarely socialized and would not initiate any conversations. Police do not believe drugs, alcohol, his Muslim religion, terrorism, violent video games or other media influences can be attributed as reasons for the massacre, according to the report.
Talovic did not yell anything in a foreign language during the shooting spree, the report stated. The only words officers heard Talovic speak, his final words, were "(Expletive) you" which he said in English.
Talovic was wearing a box-shaped locket no bigger than a finger-nail on a chain around his neck when he was killed. A family member told police the locket was called a Hamallija, but detectives did not believe it was a sign that religion was a motivation in the killings.
The only information police had about Talovic's mental state was that he was taken to Salt Lake Regional Hospital to be treated for anxiety when his hands started shaking at work one day.
A search of Talovic's room at his house following the shootings revealed a gun clean kit, a receipt from Sportsman's Pawn Shop where the shotgun was purchased for $201.48 three months prior and a Muslim prayer book.
"There was no indication or evidence in the residence of extremist ideology, paraphernalia or photographs," the report stated.
Talovic's family said they did not want to talk about the report."Yeah, I heard," Suljo Talovic said when reached by the Deseret Morning News. "I don't want to talk to the media."