2 adults, 1 child injured in shooting at West Valley City grocery store

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WEST VALLEY CITY (News4Utah) – West Valley City police arrested a man after three people were shot outside a grocery store Wednesday afternoon. 

It happened at the Smith’s grocery store at 4065 South Redwood Road just before 2 p.m. Police originally reported the man fired several rounds toward the entrance of the store.

Three people were hit by the gunfire. A woman, a mother and her 3-year-old daughter were all shot in the leg, according to police. 

Police said the suspect fled toward Redwood Road. Residents of the Redwood Apartments, Shadowbrook Apartments and Somerset Apartments were asked to shelter-in-place while the search was underway. The shelter-in-place order was lifted just after 4 p.m.

The suspect was later found inside an apartment at the Shadowbrook Complex. Police said the man was receiving medical treatment for an injury not related to his arrest. He was identified as 36-year-old Rufino Cervantes. 

Police later said that Cervantes fired a shot which struck his onw leg. The bullet fragmented and hit the three victims. He was booked into jail on charges of felony discharge with injury, aggravated assualt and possession of a firearm by a restricted person. 

Schools in the area were placed on shelter-in-place until dismissal for the day. Parents were instructed to pick up students who usually walk home. 


Las Vegas resident Hugo Padilla told News4Utah his wife Erika and their 3-year-old daughter Esmeralda were injured in the shooting. Padilla said his family is in town getting treatment at Primary Children’s Hospital for their daughter who has kidney cancer. 

Police have not provided information about the other woman who was injured in the shooting, but they said all three victims in the shooting are expected to be OK. 

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