SALT LAKE CITY — One person was arrested in connection with a shootout at a child's birthday party on Sunday.
Just before 5 p.m. at Jordan Park, 1060 S. 900 West, a group was holding a birthday party for a child, said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Robin Heiden. Two cars pulled into the park and words were exchanged between the people in the cars and at least one adult at the party, she said.
The incident escalated into a gun battle, Heiden said. Police investigators later found approximately 15 shell casings at the scene, she said. Some witnesses estimated up to 20 shots were fired. At least one person from the party shot back at the cars, and then got into his own car to follow, Heiden said. Additional shots were fired between the two vehicles as they drove off.
Heiden said at least three vehicles at the park were hit. But there were no reported injuries, despite another group holding a birthday party in a pavilion about 20 yards away, as well as others who were in the busy park.
Police arrested Ramon Moncada, 30, for investigation of obstructing an investigating officer. According to a Salt Lake County Jail report, the shooting was gang-related. Moncada was the person who drove after the first two cars, the jail report stated. A bullet hole was found in Moncada's vehicle, according to the report.
The investigation into the others involved in the shootout continued Monday.