SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A quiet, posh neighborhood turned into a deadly crime scene Tuesday afternoon.
Around 3:45 p.m. near 2200 East Alta Canyon Drive gunfire and a car crash brought neighbors outside, and within an hour a horrific story of bloodshed unfolded.
“It’s horrific, it’s a neighbor,” said Eric Moseller.
Sandy police responded and said a man, woman and child were dead and two other children were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
Police say the mother was 39-year-old Memorez Rackley. Her 6-year-old son was also killed in the shooting. The suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Jeremy Patterson from Draper.
Rackley’s other son, 9 years old, is currently in the hospital.
Word spread quickly throughout the neighborhood and Moseller and others knew what had happened and to whom.
“They went through a tragic experience this past year,” said Moseller. “Her son, who is one of the victims, had a brain aneurysm and the family struggled for a whole year to get him through that.”
At this time, it’s not clear if the child who had the brain aneurysm died in the shooting.
According to police, Rackley and her children got into the vehicle of a person wishing to help them. That person’s daughter was shot in the car as well. She is 8 years old and is in stable condition.
A black pickup truck, driven by Patterson, stopped in the middle of the road.
That’s when gunfire could be heard throughout the neighborhood.
“I heard the skid and the crash and then I heard the gunshots like crazy,” said Colby Corbett who lived nearby. “I thought it was like a gunfight.”
Corbett and his son went to where the vehicles were. Neighbors quickly gathered around the police lines that were set up to prevent people from entering the area.
“This is absolutely crazy,” said Molly Edington who watched from the police line. “I would never have expected this in an area like this.”
As for a motive, police have yet to comment on one. But a closer look at the black truck that allegedly rammed into the car had initials signifying the person is a personal trainer. Moseller noticed it too. And it fit with what he had heard.
“Somebody had gotten to know her through the gym and he started stalking her,” said Moseller. “She was afraid of this individual. Apparently it escalated to this point.”
“How could someone do this to another,” said Moseller. “There was so much anger at the mother and the children.”