WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A teenager was sent to the hospital with two gunshot wounds after a party held at the Extended Stay America Hotel in West Valley.
Lt. Jeff Conver with the West Valley Police Department said at 3:30 a.m. they received a call of shots fired at the Extended-Stay America hotel.
When police arrived, they found about 45 people running from the hotel. Some became rowdy and belligerent with police prompting officers on the scene to ask for additional help.
While on the scene, Lt. Conver says they found out that the teen victim had arrived at the hospital with 2 gunshot wounds. Police believe he was transported by someone at the party.
The teen victim was initially listed in critical condition but is now in stable condition and police believe he is going to survive.
Officers said when they went inside they discovered multiple bullet holes in the door to the room where the incident happened, as well as bullet holes throughout the hallway near the room. It appeared that multiple rounds had been exchanged among several people, according to police. They added that several firearms were located on scene.
Four people were arrested but Lt. Conver emphasized that those arrested weren’t involved in the shooting. The people arrested who were arrested were those who tried to incite a riot, according to Lt. Conver.
Police suspect gang involvement with the incident.
Duriing the cause of the investigation, police found that Lawrence Boggs visited someone who was staying at the hotel. During Boggs’ visit he reportedly met a group of people who were staying in a room at the hotel and an argement started.
Boggs invited his own associates to also come to the hotel and that is when police say a fight with the viral group broke out that led to the gunfire incident.
West Valley police said they were looking to arrest Boggs for inciting a riot in connection with the incident at the extended stay. However, Boggs was found Monday morning after he was identified as the victim in a shooting incident that occurred in Salt Lake City.
The shooting incident which happened in Salt Lake City is under investigation by that agency, however, following the shooting, a West Valley City Police officer said they spotted a white Lexus traveling on Redwood Road at a high speed of about 100 miles per hour. Officers determined that the vehicle was stolen and successfully stopped the vehicle at 2830 West 3500 South.
Four people were inside the vehicle, including a 14-year-old male, a 17-year-old male, a 17-year-old male with gunshot wounds, who has since been identified as Lawrence Boggs, and the driver, an 18-year-old male identified as Christopher Boggs. Lawrence Boggs was transported for medical treatment in “delta” condition and the case turned over to Salt Lake City Police Department.
Police are still looking for suspects in the shooting at the Extended Stay. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 801-840-4000.