SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) One man was killed and another critically injured following separate fights outside bars in downtown Salt Lake City.
The weekend incidents are the latest in an apparent cluster of violent crimes that began since August 23.
“I am surprised that something like that would happen in Salt Lake,” Marissa Nichols said, who works downtown.
Twenty-five-year-old David Burwell shot and killed during a fight at Wasted Space Saturday. The homicide comes hours after a man went the hospital in critical condition after a bar fight Friday afternoon.
“It doesn’t surprise me. In a larger city, there will always be some crime,” Doug Rose said.
“It happens everywhere,” said Shay Salazar.
Two people have been killed and five critically hurt in Salt Lake City in just over three weeks.
“When it comes to violence, it’s hard to determine how to prevent that. Weapons and things of that nature are easily accessed,” Dana Williams said.
Crime stats obtained by News4Utah show seven people have been killed so far this year in the Capitol City, the same as this time last year. Compared to the 5-year average, aggravated assaults are down roughly 16 percent. Homicides are up 20 percent.
“Something should be done about it. It’s awful and it shouldn’t be happening,” Peyton Cutrer, who lives downtown.
Unable to discuss the statistics, Detective Robert Ungricht said despite the recent crime cluster, police work hard to keep downtown safe.
“Certainly things happen that are unpredictable all the time, but we don’t want to discourage people from coming down and having a good time,” Det. Ungricht said.
There are things you can do, too. Police advise people to walk in groups, park in well-lit areas, be aware of surroundings and call police if witnessing a fight or something suspicious.
“You just have to be smart about it,” Audrey Wood said.