A man and a boy were injured in a shootout at a Salt Lake restaurant Wednesday night.
Anthony Russo, 58, Salt Lake City, was working at Trucker's Cafe, 1423 S. 300 West, shortly after 10 p.m. when five teenagers entered the Central City business and demanded money, a Salt Lake police report said.One of the boys forced a customer, 45, to the ground, tied him up and held a gun to his head, the report said.
Another boy fired several shots at Russo when he refused to give the boys money, and then Russo shot back.
"(Russo) is an old, salty dog who's been around Salt Lake for a while, so he pulled out his gun and started blazing, and the kid started blazing and both of them got hit," said robbery Sgt. George Scarlett.
When the shooting started, the boys ran from the restaurant without any money.
Russo was taken to LDS Hospital with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and leg, the report said. He was listed in serious condition Thursday morning, according to a hospital spokesman.
A short time later, a boy, 16, came to LDS Hospital on his own asking to be treated for a gunshot wound to the hand. He had surgery on his hand and likely has lost the use of one finger.
Isaac Padilla, 16, was listed as fair Thursday morning, according to the hospital.
Scarlett said as soon as he is released from the hospital, police will book him into the Salt Lake County Juvenile Detention Center for investigation of aggravated robbery and possibly other crimes relating to the wounding of Russo.
Detectives questioned Padilla Wednesday night, but so far he isn't saying much about how he was injured or who he was with.
If charges are filed against Padilla, he could be tried as an adult under the serious youth offender law, which permits prosecutors to transfer young defendants to the adult system for certain serious crimes.
Police are still looking for the other juveniles.