A 20-year-old man was killed in the drive-by shooting and four others were seriously injured
Salt Lake City police announced Friday that prosecutors have now charged a third teenager in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting last June that took place at a high school graduation party.
Sean Amone, 20, was killed in the shooting and four other people were seriously injured, police said.
Prosecutors first charged a 15-year-old boy in connection with the case last year. He surrendered two days after the June 6, 2021 shooting. The charge or charges against the child have not been made public. He told the police that he and others planned to do the drive-by shooting this party, according to court records.
A second suspect, Felix Issara, 19, was charged last month with a second-degree count of obstruction of justice in connection with the case. He is suspected of driving the car and hiding the weapon used in the shooting, according to charging documents.
Salt Lake County prosecutors charged the third suspect, a 16-year-old boy, in connection with the case last month, police said Friday. Police have not released any details of the charges against the child.
Shots fired at a group of people
The drive-by shooting happened around 1:40 a.m. that day in June. A group of people attending a high school graduation party were standing outside a house near 1530 North General Drive when a car drove by and someone opened fire on the group.
Five people were affected. Amone died at the scene. The other four were hospitalized, police said.
One of the victims told police he and his friends attended a graduation dance near Trolley Square earlier that night, but left when a fight broke out and someone one shot a gun. From there he went to Amone. A few minutes after his arrival, he says that a white vehicle passed. He returned shortly after and shots rang out.
The victim said the shots came “very fast” and lasted “a long time, maybe 5-10 seconds”. A bullet passed through his right hip, shattering his femur. Other victims suffered serious injuries to internal organs. One of them was shot in the leg and hand, according to court records.
Victims included two recent West High School graduates and older West and Highland High School graduates.
An investigation still “active”
Investigators believe the gunshots reported at the previous dance were related to the drive-by shooting at the party, according to court records.
Issara, 19, was taken to Salt Lake County Jail on February 25. He remains in detention without the possibility of bail.
Police said on Friday the 16-year-old recently charged in connection with the case was originally arrested on July 13, 2021 in connection with an unspecified “unrelated matter”. During this investigation, police and prosecutors found evidence to charge him in the shooting case.
The department said it considers this investigation into the shooting to be “active.” They declined to release any additional information about the case.
Anyone with information about the shooting can tip by calling Salt Lake City Police at 801-799-3000 and quoting case number 21-96966.