The shooting stemmed from a fight between two groups of students, police said.
Two high school students were killed and another was injured Thursday in a West Valley City shooting, police said.
The shooting happened on the sidewalk along 4100 South, between the northbound and southbound lanes of Mountain View Corridor, according to police. Three suspects were arrested. No details about the injuries suffered by the wounded student, who is hospitalized, were immediately available.
The shooting stemmed from a fight between two groups of high school students on the sidewalk, West Valley City police spokesperson Roxanne Vainuku said at a Thursday news conference. The students involved knew each other, she added, and some of them went to Hunter High School.
Police aren’t sure where the two children killed went to school, Vainuku said. No other details about them were immediately released, pending notification of family members.
As of 1:30 p.m., police were still investigating the sidewalk scene, which should take several more hours, Vainuku said. The shooting happened along a major thoroughfare, bordered by weedy plots of open land on either side.
Two smaller crime scenes near houses in nearby neighborhoods were under investigation as well — sites where authorities believe they will find more evidence, Vainuku said.
Hunter High School students were released early for the day at 1 p.m. after sheltering in place as a precautionary measure. No extracurricular activities are being held Thursday. Hunter High is located at 4200 S. 5600 West, about three minutes away from the scene.
Three other schools — Hunter Junior High, Hillside Elementary and Whittier Elementary — initially began sheltering in place, but protocols were lifted by about noon.
The police investigation continues to cause traffic delays in the area. Mountain View Corridor is closed between 3500 South and 5400 South, and 4100 South is closed between 5600 West and 6000 West, according to the Utah Department of Transportation’s website. UDOT advised that closures will be in place until about 4 p.m.
The closest business to the scene appeared to be a Maverik convenience store at 5969 W. 4100 South. A manager reached by phone Thursday said they could not comment.
— This is a developing story and will be updated.