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Brothers charged with shooting 2 teens in Salt Lake City

Two Salt Lake brothers were charged Friday with shooting two rival gang members in Salt Lake City. (Shutterstock)

SALT LAKE CITY — Two brothers have been charged in connection with the shooting of two teens in Salt Lake City in what police believe was a gang-related incident.

Junino Cuatemac Tafolla, 19, and Eduardo Antonio Tafolla, 21, both of Salt Lake City, were charged Friday in 3rd District Court with two counts of discharge of a firearm causing injury and aggravated assault, both second-degree felonies, and discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony. All charges were filed with potential gang enhancement penalties.

On Sept. 4, police responded to the area of 590 North and 1100 West on a report of multiple gunshots. Witnesses said a car pulled up and someone fired several rounds at two teenagers walking on the sidewalk, according to charging documents. At least one stray bullet went through the front door and a wall of a nearby residence.

One boy was shot in the arm, the other in the leg, according to police. Both were driven by a third boy to a local hospital. The boys told detectives they were shot by two brothers from a rival gang, the charges state.

While the boys refused to give police any names, they said the shooters “are the same (people) from the riot,” referring to the riot in downtown Salt Lake City on May 30, 2020, according to the charges. It was during that riot that police say the same two gangs fought.

With that information, investigators identified the Tafollas as possible suspects. Gang detectives kept surveillance on the brothers and stopped their vehicle when they left their house. Two guns were found in the vehicle, according to the charges.

The two men were questioned by detectives and denied being involved in the shooting but provided police with inconsistent statements, the charges allege.

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