Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Stray bullet comes within inches of child lying in bed in West Valley City

» A 19-year-old man was shot Thursday after a verbal confrontation.

First Published Apr 25 2014 07:28 am • Last Updated Apr 26 2014 11:39 am

Tiffney Jensen’s world came within inches of being turned upside down.

Thursday evening, a stray bullet whizzed through her 7-year-old daughter’s window in their West Valley City apartment, coming within inches of striking the child lying in her bed.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"It was very scary," Jensen said Friday. "It could have been someone’s life. It could have changed my whole world."

Jensen said she was in her apartment, near 1950 West on 3800 South, with her two daughters when she heard five or six gunshots at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday.

She called 911 to report the incident, but didn’t realize until she went into her daughter’s room that a bullet had gone through her daughter’s window, through the girl’s closet, and through her pink bike helmet before becoming lodged in a wall.

West Valley City police Lt. Dalan Taylor said Friday morning that a 19-year-old man was shot in the leg during the confrontation Thursday evening.

He said the victim was walking with a friend when they encountered two other men.

"They started to exchange words," Taylor said. "They got into an argument and the suspect fired several rounds."

The victim was struck in the leg, and was taken to a local hospital. He is expected to survive.

Police on Friday were looking for the two assailants. They have been described only very generally as "two male Hispanics in their 20s," Taylor said.


story continues below
story continues below

"It doesn’t look like [the victim and his friend] were overly cooperative," Taylor said. "Initially, they told [police] it was a drive-by shooting."

While police were hesitant to classify the shooting as a gang crime, Jensen said she thought the shooting likely was gang-related.

"The gangs are just going to keep fighting," she said. "The reality is these gangs are going to keep doing this and innocent people are affected."

Though Jensen’s daughter wasn’t injured in the shooting, she said the girl is traumatized. She worries that she’ll have to move from her apartment, where she has lived for two years, so her daughter will be able to sleep in her own room again.

"This is something that will affect her for the rest of her life," she said.

jmiller@sltrib.com

Twitter: @jm_miller



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.