UPDATE: Police: 3 dead, 2 injured in Utah shooting
Two adults and one juvenile were killed in a shooting on a street a few blocks away from an elementary school Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Two other juveniles were injured, one critically, in the shooting.
Police responded to a report of a shooting near 2200 E. Alta Canyon Drive (8600 South) at about 3:45 p.m., according to Sandy Police Sgt. Jason Nielsen.
A person Nielsen described as a Good Samaritan saw an adult woman with two juveniles in the street and stopped their car so they could drive them out of the area. At that time, a man rammed the Good Samaritan's vehicle, bringing it to a stop.
The man then exited the vehicle and started shooting at it, Nielsen said.
An adult female and juvenile male were killed as a result of the shooting, Nielsen said, and the male suspect was also among the dead.
A boy was taken to an area hospital in critical condition and a girl was transported in stable condition, Nielsen added.
The Good Samaritan was not among the deceased, he added; he would not confirm whether or not that individual was injured.
Nielsen did not provide ages of the individuals.
As of early Tuesday evening, police did not release information regarding a possible motive, or the relationship between those involved in the shooting.
Between 20 and 30 officers responded to the shooting that occurred blocks from Brookwood Elementary School. Because it happened after school hours, many students found shelter in nearby businesses and homes as they were walking home. Officials from Canyons School District later requested for those students to be returned to the school where their parents could pick them up.
District officials sent a message to families saying crisis counselors would be available at the school Tuesday night and throughout Wednesday for those affected by the shooting.
The office of Sen. Orrin Hatch said the senator reached out to Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan and offered any assistance necessary.
Nielsen said there were multiple witnesses that police were interviewing.
Colby Corbett, who lives nearby the scene, said he heard the commotion as it unfolded. He said his 8-year-old son Anthony was arriving home from school as it happened.
"I was in the backyard and I heard the car wreck and then I just heard boom, boom, boom, boom — I heard a bunch of gunshots," he said. "(My son) was walking home from school at the time, so my first instinct was him."
Corbett said he was relieved that none of the many children who walk home from school were injured in the gunfire.
"There are hundreds of kids (that) walk up and down the street at that time coming home from school," he said. "If this was going to be an animal, he could have done a lot worse."