WEST VALLEY CITY — Police say they believe a 14-year-old boy shot and killed last week was not specifically targeted.
West Valley police announced Wednesday night that they had arrested Frank Tsinnijinnie, 18, and booked him into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of murder in connection with the shooting.
Romeo Rodriguez, 14, of Salt Lake City, was shot in the face on Aug. 2 while sitting in the back seat of a pickup truck with several others.
Friends drove Rodriguez to Jordan Valley Medical Center's West Valley Campus where he was flown by medical helicopter to Primary Children's Hospital. He died from his injuries later that day.
The shooting occurred near 1370 W. Rothchild Drive (3670 South) about 3:15 a.m.
West Valley police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said investigators believe the confrontation began "as a result of perceived gang affiliation," but she did not elaborate. She said the confrontation between the two groups was random and not previously arranged.
Tsinnijinnie "intentionally" fired at the people in the truck, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. The shot went through the windshield, striking Rodriguez.
Neighbors said they heard more than one gunshot.
Tsinnijinnie does not have any prior charges in adult court.