KEARNS — Police are investigating a shooting in Kearns that they say killed a man early Sunday.
Police received a 911 call at 4:06 a.m. from someone who heard multiple shots fired outside near 5586 S. 4220 West. The witness then saw a silver passenger car speeding out of the area, heading east on 5400 South, according to Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell.
About 10 minutes later, Jordan Valley Hospital informed police that a man was brought in who was dead on arrival. Medical personnel tried to revive him but were not successful.
Police identified the man as 24-year-old Marvin Lopez of West Valley. Details about his injuries weren't immediately available, but Bell said police believed early on that he was a victim of the shooting.
"We were just basing all this on the hunch that it happened in our area because we were the only people that had a shots fired call around that time," Bell said.
Medical staff initially said the people who brought Lopez to the hospital weren't helpful in providing details of the incident. Police later sent an officer to talk with them, and they were able to confirm that it happened near where the shots were initially reported.
Police went to the location and found fired shell casings and other evidence. They have since launched a full-scale homicide investigation there, Bell said. No other injuries were reported.
"As we put things together, we recognize that it's the same as our shots fired call," he said. "We think it's only one victim at this point."
Bell said it's too early to tell whether the shooting was related to gang activity. Police have also had difficulty putting together an accurate suspect description.
The lieutenant said investigators were knocking on doors in the area to gather as much information as possible. Those with any information that may pertain to the incident were asked to call the Unified Police Department dispatch center at 801-743-7000.