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W.V. man faces murder count in Halloween party shooting

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Murder charges were filed Wednesday afternoon against a West Valley man in the shooting of a bystander at a Halloween party.

The charged man's brother, already in custody, faces additional charges in the incident which police say stemmed from the men being thrown out of the party.Ricardo I. Avina, 18, was charged with first-degree felony murder in the shooting death of Dick Blackham outside a home in the 2300 block of West Palmetto Drive in Salt Lake County.

The charging documents state Ricardo Avina and two other persons approached Blackham - who was sitting in his car outside the house waiting to drive some of the partygoers home - just after midnight on Nov. 1.

They fired numerous rounds from a 9mm handgun at Black-ham, who was struck several times, according to police. Black-ham apparently tried to drive away from the shooting scene but stopped three houses away.

Three men, wearing Halloween masks they apparently purchased before returning to the party, then went into the house and began firing at the partygoers, police reported.

Ricardo Avina chased down one victim, shooting him in the leg and buttocks, according to the court documents. "The defendant fired his weapon with numerous persons in the house without regard for their safety or the victim," the court documents state.

Israel Avina, 19, was being held in the Salt Lake County Jail on two third-degree felony aggravated assault charges in the incident. An additional charge of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, was filed against him Wednesday after-noon.

The aggravated assault charge stems from Israel Avina deliberately trying to run down two pedestrians in the street outside the party, according to the charging documents.

The additional first-degree felony charge says Israel Avina approached the house when the shooting started, then drove the perpetrators from the scene after the shooting, according to the court documents.