Teen seriously injured after drive-by shooting at Utah cemetery

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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — An 18-year-old man was seriously wounded after police say a drive-by shooting occurred in a cemetery as three friends were visiting a grave Saturday.

According to the Unified Police Department, the shooting occurred in the area of 4620 South Redwood Road as three people were visiting their friend’s grave in the Taylorsville Memorial Park Cemetery.

Police say suspects in a dark-colored, four-door sedan drove through the cemetery and shot at the group visiting the grave. An 18-year-old man in that group was hit by gunfire in his upper body.

Police believe the incident is gang-related.

“We believe this was a targeted shooting: This wasn’t a random act by any means,” said Lt. Brian Lohrke of the Unified Police Department.

The victim’s friends drove him to a hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

“We got here, didn’t find anybody initially, but our witnesses reported seeing three males running from the area,” Lohrke said.

Police first tweeted about the shooting shortly after 2 p.m.

Police say the suspects fled the scene. Authorities are looking for a dark-colored sedan but do not have any further description of the occupants.

“We’re still trying to identify the shooter, trying to get cooperation from the victims, talking to them right now at the hospital,” Lohrke said.

Authorities are also reviewing surveillance footage from a nearby mortuary, which they hope will show the license plate number of the vehicle involved.

This article was first published by fellow CNN affiliate KSTU. It is used here with permission.

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