WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - Police are investigating a total of 27 cases of pedestrians being shot with BB guns in the Salt Lake area over the past week and a half. Nearly 16 cases were reported in West Valley City alone and witnesses describe the suspects involved as three young men, possibly driving a silver or grey Suburu. Police say the suspects are targeting men, women and children. On Thursday, there were five reported incidents in West Valley City.
Police said the men drove past a Jiffy Lube Thursday and shot two employees who were holding signs outside the store. The BB missed the employees, but hit and nearly shattered the window of a nearby muffler shop. Three people were also targeted along 3500 South and 5600 West. One person was taken to the hospital, a 16-year-old was shot in the leg and another person escaped injury because he was wearing a heavy jacket.
"These are violent attacks," said South Salt Lake Police Lt. Gary Keller. "If it pierced an artery or went inside and caused some kind of internal bleeding that somebody didn't realize it could be life threatening."
Similar incidents have happened along State Street where people have been shot at with a high powered BB gun, leaving pellets lodged in their legs or other parts of their body. Since March 16, West Valley City Police have responded to 16 BB gun incidents.
There have been six BB gun shootings in South Salt Lake, including two in Kearns. With 26 total incidents so far in the past week and a half, police want to get these dangerous suspects off the street before they seriously injure someone.