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2 men critically injured, 1 in police custody following Uintah County shooting

Two men are in critical condition and another is in police custody following a shooting in Uintah County early Thursday.
Two men are in critical condition and another is in police custody following a shooting in Uintah County early Thursday.
Geoff Liesik

MAESER, Uintah County — Two men are in critical condition and another is in police custody following a shooting early Thursday.

Police were first alerted to shots fired about 6:30 a.m. near 600 South and 2500 West in Maeser, said Uintah County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Ed Spann.

By the time deputies arrived at the scene, one of the injured men had been taken to Ashley Regional Medical Center in Vernal by a good Samaritan, Spann said. The other injured man had also left the scene and was transported via ambulance to the same hospital after the Pontiac Grand Am he was driving crashed into a pole at the intersection of 500 North and 2000 West.

Police reported locating a bullet hole by the gas tank and another one in the rear passenger door.

Both men, ages 18 and 19, are in critical condition. A 21-year-old man was taken into police custody, and there is no continuing threat to the community, Spann said.

No names of those involved were released Thursday. The motive for the shooting was unknown, Spann said.

Police from several agencies are investigating what happened, according to Spann.