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SLCPD Investigating Shooting, 3 People Arrested

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating an overnight shooting that resulted in three people being arrested.

Paramedics took the victim to the hospital with a minor injury.

This investigation started at 12:17 a.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2023, when a community member called 9-1-1 and reported a shooting at Westpointe Park, located at 1155 North Colonel Road.

Salt Lake City Police, Salt Lake City Fire, and Gold Cross Ambulance responded and found a 21-year-old man with a gunshot injury to his arm.

The first on-scene SLCPD officer applied a tourniquet to the victim’s arm.

During the investigation, officers and detectives with the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Gang Unit learned the victim went to the park to engage in a fight.

It is alleged, the three other people, 21-year-old Yonathan Hernandez-Aguila, 20-year-old Abdiaziz Ibrahim, and 19-year-old Luis Leal-Vergara all knowingly showed up to the park to also engage in violent conduct.

Hernandez-Aguilar is accused of shooting the victim.

All three suspects got into a car and took off.

Detectives with the SLCPD’s Gang Unit found the three suspects in Kerns, Utah and safely arrested them.

Detectives booked Hernandez-Aguilar into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on charges of aggravated assault, felony discharge of a firearm and riot.

Detectives booked Ibrahim and Leal-Vergara into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on charges of felony riot.

Charges are only allegations, and every arrested person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is not the custodian of record for jail booking photos. Utah Code 17-22-30 mostly prohibits the release of jail booking photos. Generally, a jail booking photo can only be released by the custodian of record after a conviction or when law enforcement determines the person is a fugitive or an imminent threat to a person or public safety. In Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office is the custodian of record for jail booking photos.

The Salt Lake City Police Department’s Gang Unit is responsible for investigating gang-related crimes that occur within the city’s jurisdiction. The unit consists of highly trained uniformed officers and detectives who work collaboratively with patrol divisions and other specialty squads within the SLCPD to gather information and focus on preventing gang and gun violence through education, prevention, and enforcement.

No further information on this case is being released. Neither the PIO nor the On-Duty Watch Commander are available for interviews.