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Trolley Square shootings 2/12/2007 Salt Lake City, UT *Updated*

trolley-square2.jpgMonday night is one of my favorite nights on TV. Yes, I love “24”! However, about 15 minutes or so into it, came Breaking News. I knew it was not good, since I did not think FOX would break into “24” for no reason. This evening, a gunman entered Trolley Square (a small, downtown Salt Lake mall) and started shooting. Witnesses (and there were plenty–it was a mall) said the shooter was aiming at people, although I do not think there were specific targets. He reloaded (not sure how many times) and kept shooting. There are fatalities, at least one, but I keep hearing that there may be up to 5. The shooter, however, was reportedly killed by an off-duty police officer at the mall for dinner. As I watched the reports on TV, you could see people running from the mall. People were huddled in the backs of stores waiting for the police to finish searching the mall to make sure it was safe. I have a feeling that there are some people still hidden, just wanting to make sure everything was safe. Imagine going out to dinner with your family and then having your waiter shot. That happened in this situation. Several servers from Rodrizio’s (a great Brazilian restaurant) spoke to one of the news channels with their terrifying story, The gunman aimed at one of them and shot, with the bullet grazing his head. He was not even aware that he was shot until he realized that he was bleeding. The gunman then shot at one of the others, but missed.
As calls for help started pouring in, police, fire and rescue started to arrive. There were lines of ambulances waiting outside to take the wounded to hospitals. On TV, all you could see were the lights of the ambulances twirling around.

“There have been multiple victims, and there are some fatalities. … I can’t confirm the number,” Salt Lake City police Detective Robin Snyder said in brief remarks outside Trolley Square. “The suspect has been killed. He is no longer a threat,” Snyder said.

and

An antique-store owner, Barrett Dodds, 29, said he saw a man in a trench coat exchanging gunfire with a police officer outside a card store. The gunman was backed into a children’s clothing store. “I saw the cops go in the store. I saw the shooter go down,” said Dodds, who watched from the second floor.

So far, that is the most concrete information released. Hopefully there will be more information soon. Right now, I am just hoping that (and I know this sounds horrible) no one I know was there at Trolley Square (which is actually a great mall). I feel so very bad for the people involved, and their friends and families. It will be a tough time for all, especially those who witnessed this heinous situation.

*Small update* 6 (including the gunman) confirmed dead now; 3 in hospitals in critical condition; 1 in serious condition

*Update Tuesday 2/13 2pm*
Shooter: Sulejmen Talovic 18 years old

Victims:
Jeffrey Walker, 52
Vanessa Quinn
Kirsten Hinckley
Teresa Ellis
Brad Franz

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6 Responses

  1. […] has an update on the story in UT of the shootings at Trolley Square by a teenager.  Go by and check out her site […]

  2. this is absolutly horrifying and just an awful thing to do. what would drive someone to this level of corrupt insanity i have no idea, but the lives lost in this devastating ordeal have truly made it upsetting.

  3. How could someone be so selfish and so heartless and just be able to go out and start killing people like that. I dont understand what this world is coming to with all of this horror and crime. I think that the people with good honest contrite hearts should go out today and start trying to change this world in every way that they possibly can. I know that I want to. Are you with me?

  4. […] in my own city this week. I will be updating this again today, too, as there has been more news: Trolley Square Massacre Posted in blogging, crime. Tags: blogging, Carnival of the True Crime Blogs, […]

  5. Vanessa Quinn was my 29 year old daughter, her maiden name Vanessa Antrobus. I am her dad and never will get thru this. Vanessa just had her birthday 2-8-12 she called me to let me no how much she liked her gift and that it arrived on the 8th from me in Cincinnati, Ohio I cry ever day since this happened.

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