Salt Lake City police investigate after fatal overnight shooting outside of New Yorker night club

Jun 4, 2023, 10:02 AM | Updated: 11:18 am

Overnight alleged murder...

A Salt Lake City Police officer maintains scene security at a deadly shooting near 60 West Market Street. Police in Salt Lake City are trying to piece together an alleged murder Saturday night. The suspects, reportedly, fled the scene. (Salt Lake City Police Department photo | June 4, 2023).

(Salt Lake City Police Department photo | June 4, 2023)

SALT LAKE CITY — Police in Salt Lake City are trying to piece together what happened early Sunday morning outside the New Yorker nightclub. A man is dead from at least one gunshot wound and the suspects fled.

Salt Lake Police Department Spokesman Brent Weisberg said police believe the shooter and victim likely knew each other. He said it is likely some sort of “argument or fight” led to the shooting. Officers believe it was an isolated incident, despite the suspects still being at large. 

This all happened at 4:04 a.m. Sunday, at 60 West Market Street.

“We have called out our homicide investigators … at this point, based on the information we have from witnesses the suspect or suspects left the area before our officers got on scene,” Weisberg said.

 Weisberg said officers were nearby and on scene “within a minute.” They, along with onlookers, performed CPR but were unable to save the man who had “at least one gunshot wound,” according to Weisberg.

Police didn’t know know whether the man who died was attending the club or part of the crowd outside.

Crowd fights began after shooting

“While we had that happening, the crowd continued to grow in size and there were several skirmishes, several fights broke out, so our officers really found themselves in a dangerous and chaotic situation,” Weisberg said. 

He said many people in the crowd knew the victim and because of that “emotions were running very high.” Weisberg said officers were trying to protect the integrity of the crime scene and “deescalate things.”

Nonetheless, police arrested one person for crossing the yellow tape. Additionally they arrested another for assault after a fight broke out while waiting for investigators to arrive.

Police are now looking for help finding the shooter.

“Any descriptions of any people involved, any descriptions of vehicles that may have left the scene right after, or anyone who has cellphone video of it.”

Anybody with information is asked to call Salt Lake City Police.

Related: The legal consequences of shooting a firearm within city limits

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Salt Lake City police investigate after fatal overnight shooting outside of New Yorker night club