SOUTH SALT LAKE — Police here say they are very lucky no one was hurt today when a man fired a shot during a road rage incident that crossed a busy street and went into a popular boat dealership.

The incident began about 10:40 a.m. when two vehicles got into an altercation near 3900 South Main Street, said South Salt Lake police detective Gary Keller. Detectives weren't sure Friday morning what started the incident, but at one point, the vehicles came in contact with each other. Police later found paint from one car scratched into the other to confirm the two vehicles had bumped.

Near 3600 South Main Street, both drivers pulled over, got out and began fighting, Keller said. What happened from that point was still under investigation Friday, but Keller said one of the parties fired a shot from a handgun. The bullet went across all lanes of travel on Main Street, hit the chain link fence post of a boat business and ricocheted off two boats before coming to a rest, Keller said.

At least one shot was fired, he said. One man ran to his car, where a passenger was waiting, and drove off. The other ran, and then later returned to retrieve his car, only to find police waiting. He was being interviewed Friday by police.

A knife was also found at the scene. Keller said investigators were trying to determine if it could be linked to the road rage.

"We're trying to figure out who did what," he said. "It was a road rage that escalated into a fight that escalated into at least one shot being fired."

No arrests had been made as of Friday afternoon. Investigators were still looking for the other vehicle, a gold Mercury or Ford Crown Victoria, Keller said.


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