SALT LAKE CITY — A third man has been charged in connection with a chaotic shooting in November outside a South Salt Lake bar.
On Nov. 11, police say three men sprayed a crowd of about 30 people standing outside Scallywags Bar, 3040 S. State, with nearly a dozen shots. One woman was hit three times, but her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.
On Friday, Pelenise Larry Taouma, 22, of West Valley City, was charged in 3rd District Court with discharge of a firearm causing serious injury, a first-degree felony; two counts of discharge of a firearm with injury and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, second-degree felonies; and seven counts of discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony.
In November, Stephano Tuisila, 22, of West Jordan, and Falefatu Fatiau, 27, of Orem, were each charged with multiple counts of felony discharge of a firearm. Fatiau is also charged with being a restricted person in possession of a weapon.
The incident began as a confrontation between "two large groups of patrons" inside Scallywags, according to charging documents. Security tossed all parties out. But the fight resumed in the parking lot.
That's when Tuisila and Fatiau went to their car, got an AR-15 and a handgun, and fired several rounds, according to charging documents. One woman was shot twice in the shoulder and once in her thigh and also suffered a collapsed lung.
South Salt Lake police officers who were already en route to the bar because of the fight, heard the shots as they arrived. A security guard pointed to an SUV that was leaving the parking lot, the charges state. Police pulled the vehicle over a short time later.1 comment on this story
Investigators later obtained surveillance video from Scallywags and said they identified the three defendants firing into the crowd.
A no bail arrest warrant was issued Friday for Taouma. He also has a warrant out for his arrest in another case in which he is charged with aggravated assault for an road rage incident in September, according to court records. In 2017, Taouma was convicted of felony robbery and currently has a warrant out for his arrest for failing to follow the conditions of his probation in that case.
Because of the shooting, Scallywags announced the next day it was closing.