A young male juvenile in Utah is accused of shooting and killing three children and a woman in Grantsville on Friday. Police didn’t release the names of the victims or the suspected shooter.
They are members of his family and a fifth victim was injured but is stable and expected to survive. The shooter was arrested and is facing 10 criminal charges, including aggravated homicide. He's being charged as a minor. He is in custody at a juvenile detention facility. Grantsville, a town of about 11,000 people, is about 35 miles southwest of Salt Lake City in Tooele County. "Our hearts are broken by the horrible news coming out Grantsville tonight. We mourn over the loss of innocent lives," Gov. Gary Herbert wrote. The motive of the shooting was not determined.
Authorities have not been called to the house in the past. “We're trying to make certain that we verify people's relationships among the deceased and the survivor,” Grantsville Police Cpl. Rhonda Fields told media. Friends and neighbors posted messages of love, prayers and support. It appears to be the largest mass shooting in Utah since 2007, when a shotgun-wielding gunman killed five people and himself at Trolley Square mall in Salt Lake City.