MURRAY A 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two men on the streets of Salt Lake City early Monday.
Christian Charles Sweeten of Murray was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on two counts of criminal homicide after Anthony Marcell Gaines, 42, and Michael Todd Ehlert, 20, were found shot to death just before 5 a.m. near the corner of 1000 West and 500 North.
Tabitha Unger said she and her boyfriend, who live across the street, were awakened by multiple gunshots, at least five.
She looked out her window to see two men running from the corner. She initially thought one man was the assailant because he appeared to be running normally until he got four houses down the street and collapsed on the sidewalk. The other man stumbled as he ran, trying to right himself from falling, Unger said. He ran into a driveway two houses from the corner before he collapsed and died.
Unger did not hear any vehicles speed away or any yelling or arguments leading up to the shootings.
Both victims died at the scene. Orange spray paint marked where the bodies fell, and a pair of plastic gloves were all that was left on the sidewalk by midday Monday. The victims were reportedly on bicycles that were found abandoned at the corner and taken by police as evidence.
About three hours after the shootings, Murray police received a call from a residence near 4600 South and 600 East indicating the caller had information about the Salt Lake shootings. When Murray officers arrived, they evaluated the situation and determined it would be best if Salt Lake homicide detectives responded to the scene, said Murray police detective Kenny Bass. Police later obtained a search warrant for the house.
Salt Lake police said Sweeten ended up in the neighborhood this morning for an undisclosed reason, some sort of confrontation ensued and multiple shots were fired from the man's car.A check of Utah court records indicate no criminal history for Sweeten, but both victims had brushes with the law. Gaines pleaded guilty in 3rd District Court to felony illegal possession/use of a controlled substance charges filed last year and was sentenced up to five years in the state prison. Ehlert was convicted of multiple misdemeanors and was on probation at the time of his death.
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