SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) — Two men were wounded by buckshot last night outside of a Maverik convenience store. Police say this shooting could be tied to a string of attempted robberies.
Three incidents occurred within about an hour and fifteen minutes and all three features a suspect wielding a shotgun.
The first robbery took place at a 7-Eleven. Three men, two holding handguns and the third a shotgun, threatened the clerk and took cash from the till.
Forty-five minutes later, a man ran into a Maverick gas station and collapsed after being hit in the arm with shotgun spray. A McDonald’s employee in the neighboring lot came out after hearing the shot but was then shot himself.
Less than thirty minutes later, two men attempted to rob a different Maverik and threatened a witness–with a shotgun.
Detective Robert Ungricht of the Salt Lake City Police Department said that the investigation is still ongoing. “The goal of our detectives is to determine if there’s a correlation between these cases. We’re very concerned, the individuals in these cases are obviously very dangerous.”
The victims are in stable condition.
Detective Ungricht said that if you are ever in an armed robbery situation to always comply and never engage the attackers.
If you have any information about these attacks, you can reach the police’s non-emergency line by phone or text at: 801-799-3000