By Don Crothers
A teenager was shot four times by police at about 8 p.m. Friday, in the Rio Grande District of Salt Lake City, Utah, according to a report from Fox 13, and riots have broken out in response. The victim remains unidentified, but witnesses indicate that he is 16.
While details are still sketchy, it is alleged that police were responding to an unrelated incident when they received reports of a fight between a teenager and an older man. The teenager was wielding a broomstick.
According to one witness, Selam Mohammed, the police ordered the teenager to drop the broomstick, but shot him before he could comply with the order.
“They told him to put it down, once.”
“[The police] started shooting him as soon as he turned around.”
Mohammed said that the victim was his friend and confirmed his age, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
The state of the teenager’s wounds is currently unknown, but Mohammed indicated that he had been shot in the chest and stomach.
“The police said, ‘Drop it’ once, then they shot him four times. We were trying to break it up before the police even came, but the police ran in on foot and pulled their guns out already. They already had them, like, as soon as he was running he was already grabbing for his gun, not even trying to Tase him or anything… He said ‘Drop it’ [then] ‘Boom, boom!’ four times.”
Police have confirmed that it was an officer-involved shooting and that two officers were involved, and the victim was rushed to hospital.