Two early morning fights kept Salt Lake City emergency personnel busy Saturday.

A shooting in Salt Lake City Saturday left a 24-year-old man in extremely critical condition, according to police.

Salt Lake police had responded to a different call in the general area of 516 E. Elwood Place, a downtown Salt Lake residential neighborhood where the shooting occurred. They heard several shots fired and rushed to the driveway of a residence and found a man, who had been shot several times. The victim was taken to the University of Utah Medical Center where he underwent extensive surgery. His condition remained critical Saturday night.

The incident occurred at 3:07 a.m., according to Salt Lake Police Lt. Scott White.

Police have identified the person they believe was involved, and the department's gang unit was summoned to the scene as part of the overall investigation.

"It's not necessarily gang-related, but we're certainly looking at that aspect," White said. "Sometimes they (gang unit officers) are called out and it is not gang-related."

Only a couple of hour earlier, a quarrel between roommates took a rough turn when a 21-year-old Salt Lake City man stabbed his 25-year-old roommate in the stomach.

Salt Lake Police Lt. Scott White said there was a party at the residence in the area of 1000 East and 1700 South, and some type of dispute broke out about 1 a.m. between the two men.

The injured man was taken to the University Medical Center and was in stable condition. His roommate was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault.


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