Police arrest suspected gunman in U. student's death

Alert librarian recognizes alleged shooter, who surrenders without incident

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  • Kingster5000 Mt Pleasant, UT
    Nov. 1, 2017 9:28 a.m.

    Speedy Trial and Speedy Execution, there is zero reason that this guy should go on wasting more of societies resources in the form of money to house him for the rest of his life. There is no reason that this guy should be alive in a year if he is found guilty. If he was a sex offender he should have never been out in the first place.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2017 5:51 a.m.

    Brave Sir Robin - San Diego, CA

    And I suppose your solution is to abolish the 2nd Amendment and outlaw guns. Of course we all believe that criminals would turn in their stolen handguns ....... right?

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2017 3:11 a.m.

    @antiBCS
    "Your numbers prove that if people don't have guns to commit homicides, they'll find other means."

    No, it doesn't. Because the "they'd just find other means" argument is based on the idea that if we lower the gun-homicide rate we'd just see an increase in the non-gun-homicide rate but most of those countries still had non-gun-homicide rates lower than the US despite having minimal gun violence.

  • Charlemagne Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 1, 2017 12:04 a.m.

    I hope the Salt Lake District Attorney's Office seeks the death penalty against this guy. We can't risk having him kill again.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 11:19 p.m.

    He did a terrible thing. Obviously the answer for what this misfit did is to further restrict everyone else's guns.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 9:48 p.m.

    So sick of these senseless shootings and what is happening to our society. There isn't anywhere you can live or go to school anymore and know that you will be safe. Thanks to the alert librarian.

    Criminals can easily obtain guns any time they want to. It is too bad there wasn't a legally armed citizen close by that could have stopped the suspect in his tracks before this innocent person lost his life. Or, the other individual that he killed in Colorado.

    Condolences to the poor families of both victims. Peace and comfort to all of you in the coming days.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 8:03 p.m.

    Seems like the law enforcement search really got this one wrong. So while this massive search is going on exclusively in the foothills, a possible killer is hiding out in downtown Salt Lake City, the Capitol of Utah and the center of the LDS Church. It's Halloween, I can't understand why this alleged killer just didn't purchase a great costume and make his way far away out of Utah instead. Glad he is caught.

  • dpal Provo, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 7:51 p.m.

    Guo's death is tragic. It's hard to imagine what his family must be going through, having to come all the way from China to the place where their son was murdered. Our society's moral values have degenerated to the point where this type of thing now seems common place. Now it appears that the alleged murderer left another victim in Colorado. Fortunately he has been caught. While some will blame our current situation on the availability of guns, I see it as a combination of failure of parents to instill in children traditional moral values, the availability of illegal drugs, and a Hollywood culture that glorifies violence.

  • Hondo Lane Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 6:32 p.m.

    This is the wrong time and the wrong place to try turning this tragedy into a political argument.

    What we are witnessing around our country are the results of our decline in morality and human decency.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 4:57 p.m.

    So sad for the loss of such a great person. Condolences to the family. It's sad that someone with a long string of criminal convictions is still causing harm to others. Crowded prisons aren't such a bad thing if they are being crowded by people who would otherwise be doing harm to others.

  • anti BCS Anaheim, CA
    Oct. 31, 2017 4:48 p.m.

    Frozen Fractals

    Your numbers prove that if people don't have guns to commit homicides, they'll find other means.

    Guns aren't the "cause" of violent acts, they're simply one of the tools used to commit violent acts.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 4:01 p.m.

    @FACTchequer
    The idea that these countries with gun control are just getting their homicides other ways is sort of true since their gun related homicide rates are so low... however their non-firearm homicide rates are lower or on par with the US. There's nothing making up for our factor of 10-50 higher gun related homicide rate.

    Firearm related homicide rates: (per 100k)
    USA 3.60
    Canada: 0.38
    France 0.21
    Norway 0.10
    Sweden 0.19
    Germany 0.07
    Australia 0.16
    Japan 0.00

    Non-firearm homicide rate (per 100k)
    USA 1.28
    Canada: 1.30
    France 1.37
    Norway 0.46
    Sweden 0.96
    Germany 0.78
    Australia 0.82
    Japan 0.31

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 3:54 p.m.

    BobF2012 gets it wrong!
    "To deductive reasoning - "Washington DC has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country and some of the worst gun violence." Studies of gun violence in New Jersey, which also has strict gun laws, indicates that many of those guns were purchased out of state. The same may be true for Washington, D.C. Nothing keeps people from buying guns in Virginia, which has fairly lax gun laws, and then taking those guns to D.C. That is why national gun laws are required. State-by-state gun laws may help a little, but they won't put a dent in the problem.

    1- It is illegal to purchase a handgun anywhere except in your own state, so that knocks out most of your argument.
    2- Lots of gun violence in NJ or DC with strict laws, but very low gun violence in states with "lax laws?" So, why does this cause more crime in NJ or DC? It is not the gun laws, it is the criminals.
    3- "National gun laws" like background checks are good in theory, but federal prosecutions for people who break those laws are obscenely rare:
    15,000,000 checks
    191,000 failed
    8,000 investigated
    44 prosecuted

    It's the criminals!

  • loweye salt lake, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 3:52 p.m.

    Guns don't kill people; people with guns kill people.

  • Jacobiuntherus Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 2:38 p.m.

    To my fellow citizens. Consider a world where we are not constantly bombarded by images and scenes of people using guns to kill other people. That is what we see in a high percentage of the movies, TV series, and computer games produced. Might that be a safer world to live in?

    You say well don't watch them. I try not too but even when I'm watching the world series I see violent commercials depicting the use of guns in violent acts.

    Let's face it, as long as Hollywood continues to flood us with violent and sexual content, we will see increasingly anti-social behavior.

    Whose to blame? It certainly is not the responsible gun owner who wouldn't even fathom using her firearm for harming another human being other than possibly for self defense or defending another innocent victim from being harmed by a bad girl.

    Maybe we can appeal to our famous Hollywood producers to help us out with this?

  • Facts are friendly Sandy, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 2:34 p.m.

    I'm okay with criminals sitting outside my house worried about whether or not I'm going to defend myself and my family with a gun.

    I do and I will...everyday including Saturday and Sunday.

    Spread the word.

  • FACTchequer Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 2:06 p.m.

    re: @USAlover - "Gun control doesn't work."

    re: @Frozen Fractals - "Except in Germany, and France, and ..."

    Even if criminals/terrorists didn't have access to guns (a pipe dream by gun control advocates), it wouldn't stop them from committing violent acts with whatever tools they could get their hands on - knives, bricks, rocks, bats, pipes, bombs, fire, cars, whatever.

    It wouldn't stop the violence; it would simply alter the weapon or other means used to commit violent acts.

  • Facts are friendly Sandy, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 1:53 p.m.

    If you're American, just ignore anything written by marxist. The two are, and always have been, completely incompatible.

  • bygracegoI Sandy, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 1:30 p.m.

    "If law-abiding citizens don't have guns, but criminals do, are we safer?"

    Well said @USAlover. Microphone drop, if you ask me...

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    Oct. 31, 2017 1:22 p.m.

    BobF2012

    "The article includes a picture of 'law enforcement' agents. Is that how the police in Utah are equipped?"

    Are you seriously this clueless?

    The police are searching for a criminal who just shot and killed someone.

    Of course they're going to be equipped with body armor and automatic weapons to protect themselves and the public from a dangerous criminal.

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 11:45 a.m.

    USAlover -

    "Why this crazy notion that gun control will take guns out of the hands of criminals? Liberals are all about mandating and controlling...unless you're talking about alcohol and marijuana. Has controlled substance laws taken drugs out of the hands of criminals? Liberals want more alcohol and marijuana, remember".

    Nice rant of deflection. What about my "personal freedoms"? "State rights"? You've stated previously and implied currently that, "Guns don't kill people. People kill people". When did the last mass shooting occur in Norway? Has one occurred since Fjotolf Hansen? The answer is a resounding "No"! By the way he was described by the Norwegian government as a "far-right terrorist"! If the attempted point used is that..."People kill people"...Will then. Alcohol and especially marijuana doesn't kill people. Irresponsible people kill people. Furthermore. How's that "well trained militia" working out? The alt-right wants more mass shootings remember. Thank you and keep digging!

  • BobF2012 kitchener, 00
    Oct. 31, 2017 11:41 a.m.

    To deductive reasoning - "Washington DC has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country and some of the worst gun violence." Studies of gun violence in New Jersey, which also has strict gun laws, indicates that many of those guns were purchased out of state. The same may be true for Washington, D.C. Nothing keeps people from buying guns in Virginia, which has fairly lax gun laws, and then taking those guns to D.C. That is why national gun laws are required. State-by-state gun laws may help a little, but they won't put a dent in the problem.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 10:51 a.m.

    @USAlover
    "Gun control doesn't work."

    Except in Germany, and France, and the UK, and Sweden, and Denmark, and Norway, and Australia, and Canada, and Japan...

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Oct. 31, 2017 10:44 a.m.

    @Rifleman

    "You mean like the mass murderer who killed 77 people in Norway?"

    And how many people have been killed by gun violence in Norway since then? The answer is zero.

    I'd take 77 dead over a period of several years over the 250 people who die from gun violence EVERY DAY in the U.S.

    Gun supporters: Don't start throwing out numbers to support your insane arguments. Trust me, you'll lose.

  • BobF2012 kitchener, 00
    Oct. 31, 2017 10:40 a.m.

    This is unspeakably tragic, and my prayers go out to his grieving family.
    I did, however, want to mention something else, too. The article includes a picture of 'law enforcement' agents. Is that how the police in Utah are equipped? Those two men look like heavily armed soldiers in a war zone. With the police in the U.S. able to kill Blacks with nearly complete impunity, do people there really want them to have such weaponry?
    I moved to Canada 12 years ago, and have never regretted it.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 10:27 a.m.

    Why this crazy notion that gun control will take guns out of the hands of criminals? Liberals are all about mandating and controlling...unless you're talking about alcohol and marijuana.

    Has controlled substance laws taken drugs out of the hands of criminals? Liberals want more alcohol and marijuana, remember.

    If law-abiding citizens don't have guns, but criminals do, are we safer? Liberals fight for the rights of criminals.

    If guns are the problem, why aren't pornography, violent media (Hollywood), dissolution of the family and marijuana part of the problem? Liberals are all about pornography, Hollywood, redefining the family and legalizing marijuana.

    Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways? Liberals think my SUV is warming the planet.

    This and more....

    Liberals confound me.

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    Oct. 31, 2017 10:15 a.m.

    The Educator

    "They don’t have issues like this where gun control is implemented."

    Who do you think you're kidding?

    Washington DC has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country

    and

    some of the worst gun violence.

  • Flying Finn Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 10:10 a.m.

    Re: Rifleman

    I think The Educator was referring to the Quebec City mosque shooting in 2017 where a gunman killed 6 people and wounded 18 others. If my memory serves me correctly Canada has very strict gun control.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 10:08 a.m.

    @Educator

    Your "get educated" slap is exactly what angers so many conservatives. The "elite" liberal arrogance and dismissiveness are the biggest reasons why we have Donald Trump.

    What it is about liberals that make them feel they have a monopoly on good ideas and that the pro-gun population is somehow "uneducated"? I got news for you. Gun control doesn't work. And I'll put be diploma, degree and doctorate on the line to show you why.

    The arrogance!

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 9:54 a.m.

    The Educator - South Jordan, UTsays: "They don’t have issues like this where gun control is implemented."

    You mean like the mass murderer who killed 77 people in Norway?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 9:46 a.m.

    As for victim status it can be anyone of us, or our loved ones, any place, any time.

    Something must be done.

  • neece Hyde Park, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 9:26 a.m.

    ...and there it is... The world isn't safe anymore. Utah isn't safe anymore. So very sorry for the loss of a son, family member, friend.

    I would also like to point out that the gunman wasn't a concealed weapons permit holder and yet he was still able to get a gun. When are people going to realize that having a gun is protection. Criminals will get them no matter what. Guns do not kill people... People kill people with what ever means possible.

  • taatmk West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 8:12 a.m.

    Senseless... Prayers to the family.