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January 23, 2022

Shot fired at Liberty Park; 1 arrested

For the second time in as many weeks, the sound of gunfire rang out at Liberty Park on Sunday. Police arrested an 18-year-old man. (Shutterstock)

SALT LAKE CITY — Police on Sunday arrested a man accused of firing at least one shot at a group of people at Liberty Park.

Patrocinio Perez, 18, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of discharge of a firearm and being a restricted person in possession of a firearm.

About 3 p.m., 911 dispatchers started receiving multiple calls of possible shots fired in the park, 600 E. 1300 South. Perez, according to witnesses, “fired into a crowd of people,” a police booking affidavit states. No one was injured.

Additional information, such as how many shots were fired, whether Perez was shooting at random, what prompted the shooting and how far away Perez was from the group when he allegedly fired the gun, was not released Monday.

Salt Lake police officers who were already in the area quickly located and arrested Perez.

“(Perez) asked multiple times if anyone was injured, thus showing he had reason to believe someone may be injured by his actions,” the affidavit states.

The incident marked the second shooting at Liberty Park in a little less than two weeks. On Aug. 31, a man who was allegedly trying to break up a fight was shot in the leg, according to police.

Salt Lake Police Sgt. Mark Wian said Monday the department was monitoring the recent incidents at the park and will respond as needed.

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