Police made no arrests in the shooting, which also injured a woman.
University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe was shot and killed early Sunday morning at a house party at Sugar House, the Salt Lake City Police Department confirmed.
Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said Lowe, of Mesquite, Texas, died at the scene after being shot by one or more unknown people. Paramedics transported a second person who had been shot, an adult female, to a local hospital in critical condition. The police did not reveal his name or his age.
Lowe’s death is the subject of a homicide investigation.
“I am deeply saddened by the shooting death of Aaron Lowe,” Brown said in A declaration. âThis talented young man touched the lives of so many here in Salt Lake City and Texas. The Salt Lake City Police Department mourns and offers condolences to the Lowe family and the University of Utah community. Our condolences also extend to the other person injured in this shooting. I hope for their speedy recovery. These investigations are complex. Our detectives have worked hard to try to identify the suspect (s) in this case. “
Before the SLCPD released Lowe’s name as a victim, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox confirmed in a tweet earlier Sunday morning that Lowe had passed and expressed his condolences to the football player’s family.
The SLCPD received a noise complaint at around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday about a house party in the 2200 block of South Broadmoor Street, near the mouth of Parleys Canyon. Hours later, someone called 911 to report a fight involving a weapon, and a second caller said they heard gunshots.
Lowe was the guest of a house party, police spokesman Brent Weisberg said.
âThe people who organized the party wanted it to be a relatively small party. The people who showed up were not guests. They were asked to leave and that’s when this fight took place, âWeisberg said at a morning press conference.
Officers did not come to the house after receiving noise complaints Friday night due to other higher priority calls, Weisberg said. After receiving reports of a fight involving a weapon, police went to the neighborhood and were making a “tactical approach” to the house when they were told that shots had been fired, Weisberg said.
âThe reasons the officers formed their tactical approach were for the safety of the officers and everyone on the scene,â Weisberg said. âThey were going into an unknown situation. They knew there was a fight and a gun involved. … They approached together. They wanted to make sure they had enough resources to deal with any potential threat at the scene and to be able to deal with the victims immediately. “
The police spokesperson could not say how far away the police were when the shots were fired.
Officers who answered the call found Lowe and the second person who had been shot, and provided first aid to both.
Police said several people who were at the party may have witnessed the shooting but left before police arrived. They are hoping that some of these people have photos or videos that could help resolve the matter.
No arrests were made. The SLCPD asks anyone with information about the case to call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 21-176828.
“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Aaron Lowe,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement. âOur thoughts and prayers are with Aaron’s family and friends, as well as the other person who was injured in this tragic incident. Aaron was a great teammate, friend, brother and son and was loved by everyone who crossed paths with him. He will be sorely missed. “
Utes sporting director Mark Harlan added: âWe are devastated by the loss of Aaron Lowe earlier this morning. Aaron was a wonderful young man, a leader of our football team and a rock of resilience and courage. Our prayers are with Aaron’s family, friends, teammates, and all who knew and loved him. We also express our deepest concern for the other person who was hospitalized as a result of this tragic incident. We have communicated with and support Aaron’s family, as well as the student-athletes, coaches and staff of all of our track and field programs, and we will stay focused on them.
Lowe, a high school teammate of the late Ty Jordan at West Mesquite High School in Texas, was named the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship on August 31. Lowe has gone from No.2 to No.22 this season in an effort. honor the heritage of Jordan.
âTy made everyone around him better,â Lowe said after receiving the scholarship. âHe made me better. My friendship with Ty means a lot because he always pushed me to give the best of myself. He never let me settle for less. I want to make sure his legacy lives on through me.
Jordan died on Christmas night from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.
– This story will be updated.