A 15-year-old boy was in critical condition Saturday after being shot twice in the parking lot of a West Valley City (UT) restaurant.
Police responded at 4:16 p.m. to a report of a fight between two groups of people near Panda Express.
A fist fight reportedly broke out
when at least two teenagers on foot and another group in a car exchanged words. The victim, who was on foot, pulled out a machete
. The person he was fighting with pulled a .45-caliber handgun
and fired several rounds.
The victim was hit in the arm and leg. He was taken to an area hospital and is in critical condition. At least two rounds went into the Panda Express. About five customers and four employees were in the restaurant. None were injured.
The shooting caused a scene on a busy Saturday afternoon. Several police cars surrounded the restaurant. The machete was left in the parking lot in an area cordoned off with yellow crime-scene tape while police investigated. There were two visible bullet holes in the restaurant's window.
Witnesses at the scene said they heard the gunshots and saw the victim bleeding. They said he was dressed in red from head to toe
Tony Reid heard the gunshots and observed customers applying pressure to the victims' wounds.
It's the second shooting in the same parking lot in six months, he said. He was leery to leave the restaurant after the gunshots.
"I wasn't in a hurry to come outside. I hate to say it, but this is West Valley City and you never know what's going on."