UPDATE: Police in West Valley City have arrested 45-year-old Robert Bradley Young as a suspect in the shooting at La Quinta on November 14.
He was booked into the Salt Lake County jail on first-degree felony attempted homicide and discharge of a firearm, second-degree obstruction of justice and third-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person.
Charging documents state the victim told police Young had held the gun to his head and told him he was going to kill him. Fearing for his life, he moved away from the suspect when Young shot him in the chest.
Video surveillance showed Young and another unknown male walk down the hallway to the victims motel room and both made entry into the room. Young is seen on the footage exiting the room with a gun in his hand.
Young admitted to detectives to being at the victims room and discharging the firearm.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – An investigation is underway to determine what lead to a man being shot in the torso at the La Quinta Inn Hotel Tuesday morning.
West Valley City Police say a call came in from a hotel employee at 4:17 a.m. stating that a man was standing in their lobby with a gunshot wound.
The man was taken to a local hospital by ambulance in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to stable.
West Valley police say the man was shot inside one of the hotel rooms by someone he knows. Investigators are analyzing evidence found in the room but are not releasing any other details on the suspect at this time.
ABC4’s Brittany Johnson spoke to one of the hotel guests who says they didn’t hear about the shooting until she told him.
“I was here all night. I didn’t hear anything. I didn’t see anything. I’m surprised at this news,” said Greg Pokorski, visiting Utah from California. “It’s very scary. It’s concerning certainly. It’s surprising that something like this happened and was not informed that anything like this was going on.”
Investigators hope that surveillance video will help them figure out what lead to the shooting.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call WVCPD at 801-840-4000.