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Tim Hussin, Deseret News
Cathy Ingram and Victor Hernandez watch the police investigation from the steps of their apartment.

A woman was shot in the hip during a drive-by shooting in Salt Lake City early Monday evening.

Around 5:15 p.m., neighbors heard a single gunshot and saw a blue van pulling out of an alley at the Maria Carole Apartments, 1064 S. Roberta (240 East), said Salt Lake Police Lt. Isaac Atencio.

A 28-year-old woman was struck in the right hip with a small-caliber bullet and was taken to an area hospital in stable condition, police said.

The woman was carrying her small child when she was shot, one neighbor said.

"She is very nice," said apartment resident Victor Hernandez. "She doesn't get involved with nobody. She happened to be in the way, in the crossfire."

Hernandez said he believed the bullet fired from the blue van was intended for a man near the woman. Police said they did not have a motive for the shooting and were still investigating if there was any relation between the woman and the shooters.

R.J. Brown, who lives in the complex, said he had seen the blue van before and believed its occupants were involved in gang activity. Police, however, could not confirm if the shooting was gang-related.

Police did not have a description of the assailants or how many people might have been inside the van. Investigators were trying to determine if security cameras at a nearby elementary school captured footage of the assailants.


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