Man in critical condition after shooting early Sunday

A man is in critical condition after being shot early Sunday near 1485 South Major Street in Salt Lake City. (Salt Lake Police)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A 20-year-old man is in critical condition after he was shot early Sunday near 1485 S. Major Street in Salt Lake City.

At approximately 5:28 a.m., police received multiple calls about a shooting near Major Street in the Ballpark area. When police responded, they located a gunshot-wounded man hiding behind a car and began first aid.

Paramedics transported the man to hospital in critical condition where he was operated on. As of Sunday afternoon, the unidentified man is in stable condition, according to Salt Lake police.

Police secured the scene, which spanned several blocks, and began collecting evidence. Police said witness statements said the shooting happened after a fight at or near a large party.

Following the shooting, several people including the shooter left the scene, police said.

On the spot, the police located a vehicle and a commercial building damaged by bullets.

“What happened early this morning does not reflect the Ballpark neighborhood or the people who live there,” Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown said in a news release. “People in this neighborhood deserve to feel safe. No one in our community should ever have to explain to their child that the banging noises they woke up to were gunshots.”

Brown then reiterated the department’s focus on the neighborhood and assured its residents that they deserved to be safe in their homes during a press conference. He said the Liberty Bike Team spends the majority of their time in the neighborhood preventing and fighting crime in the area.

The department also has a community liaison officer who works with local residents and business owners and has increased patrols in the neighborhood, Brown said.

“I want to reassure those who live, work, visit the Ballpark neighborhood that it remains a safe and welcoming place,” Brown said. “We will continue to do everything we can to keep our communities here in Salt Lake City and the Ballpark community safe.”

Police are searching for a white 2009 Audi with Utah license plate 5U4UT linked to the incident, according to a Tweeterand encouraged anyone with information to call 801-799-3000 or 911 and reference case number 22-124993.

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Ashley Fredde covers social services, minority communities and women’s issues for KSL.com. She also enjoys reporting on arts, culture and entertainment news. She graduated from the University of Arizona.

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