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UHP: I-215 road rage shooting may be linked to SLC incident

Published January 16, 2013 1:45 pm

Suspect sought • Suspect driver in blue Toyota Camry with Texas plates.
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The Utah Highway Patrol confirmed Wednesday that it is investigating whether an Interstate 215 road rage shooting may be linked to a similar Salt Lake City shooting.

UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson said troopers are looking for the driver of a blue 2006 or later model Toyota Camry, with unknown Texas plates, who allegedly fired a handgun at a white Chevrolet pickup truck. That incident took place about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of a ramp merging eastbound State Road 201 traffic onto I-215.

As the they merged onto the ramp, the Toyota's driver apparently became upset with the pickup's route. As the two vehicles approached 3500 South and the pickup took an off-ramp, the driver of the Toyota opened fire, striking the body of the truck several times.

Neither of the two adult male occupants of the truck were hurt, and the Toyota drove from the scene.

Johnson said UHP investigators were called by a Salt Lake City resident who also reported being fired on Monday, but also not hit, during another possible road rage incident involving a car similar to the blue Toyota.

The suspect driver in both incidents is believed to be a Latino man in his 30s, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, thin and with short, dark hair.

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting and can provide more information is encouraged to contact UHP at 801-965-4461.

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