UPDATED THURSDAY 1/13/22/ 7:45 p.m.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4) – Police have released the names of the two teens who were shot and killed Thursday morning in West Valley City.
15-year-old Paul Tahi and 14-year-old Tivani Lopati, both students of Hunter High School, were shot and killed in West Valley City when a dispute between two groups escalated into an altercation and ultimately, a shooting, police say.
A 15-year-old who was also injured in the shooting remains in the hospital in critical condition.
While police did release the identity of the third victim, The Granite School District has identified him as Ephraim Asiata. He is the son of former Utes football player Matt Asiata, who went on to play five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL.
The district released the following statement on the shooting and Asiata’s condition Thursday evening:
“Principal Oaks recently spoke with the Asiata Family and they indicated that he remains in critical condition and the family would appreciate prayers in behalf of their son, nephew, and cousin.
As a school and district community, we also ask that you keep the the families of Paul Tahi and Tivani Lopati, in your hearts, thoughts and prayers and that we work to support them in any way we can. There are many children and families who are struggling this evening as a result of this senseless tragedy. Crisis counselors will be available all-day Friday at both Hunter High and Hunter Junior High for ANY child who needs help and support.”
Police believe the shooter is a 14-year-old, who has not been named. Officials say that the alleged shooter was booked into a juvenile detention center Thursday.
The gun believed to have been used in the shooting has also been recovered by law enforcement.
ORIGINAL STORY: UPDATE: Fourth suspect arrested in shooting that left two juveniles dead, one injured in West Valley City
UPDATED THURSDAY 1/13/22 3:45 p.m.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4) – A fourth suspect has been arrested in a deadly shooting that left two juveniles dead and one injured in the hospital Thursday.
West Valley Police say three of the suspects are 14-years-old and one suspect is 15-years-old.
The two teenagers that died were 15-years-old and 14-years-old. The teenager that was hospitalized in critical, but stable condition is 15-years-old.
Police have not identified a motive yet but say it appears that a dispute between two groups escalated into an altercation and ultimately, a shooting.
Officials believe this is the last suspect involved in the shooting.
The portions of Mountain View Corrido and 4100 S. that were previously closed due to the shooting have since be reopened.
THIS STORY WILL BE UPDATED.
ORIGINAL STORY: UPDATE: Two juveniles dead, one injured in West Valley City shooting
UPDATE: THURSDAY, 2:26 P.M., 1/13/22
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4) – As of 12:00 p.m., protocols have been lifted at the elementary and junior high locations. The shelter in place order has also been lifted for Hunter High School.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, police responded to reports of a shooting on a sidewalk near 4100 S. and Mountain View Corridor near Hunter High School.
Police said two juveniles were killed and another was injured in the shooting.
Multiple suspects were taken into custody by West Valley City Police.
Law enforcement officials say the shooting stemmed from an altercation between students from multiple different high schools.
Both the Southbound and Northbound lanes of Mountain View Corridor are closed between 5400 South and 3500 South and both the Eastbound and Westbound lanes of 4100 South are closed between 5600 West and 6000 West as crews investigate the shooting.
These closures are expected to last for the next several hours.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: Two dead, shelter in place for local schools
THURSDAY 01/13/2022 11:44 a.m.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4) – A shelter in place order is in place for the Granite Schools that are in the area of the Mountain View Corridor shooting incident.
In a statement released by the Granite School District, Hunter High, Hunter Junior, Hillside and Whittier Elementary Schools entered the protocol.
Officers are on the scene and report there are multiple victims in the shooting. Police say two people are dead and one is injured, multiple suspects are also in custody.
ORIGINAL STORY: Shooting incident on Mountain View Corridor
THURSDAY 01/13/2022 11:26 a.m.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4) – Police are responding to a reported shooting at 4100 S on Mountain View Corridor.
According to police, SB Mountain View Corridor is closed at 4100 S, and NB Mountain View Corridor is closed at 4500 S.
Little is known about the incident but ABC4 has a crew en route and will update the story as more information becomes available.