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Salt Lake man fired shots near pro-Trump rally in Orem, police say

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OREM — A Salt Lake man was arrested after police say he fired a gun near a pro-Trump rally in Orem on election night.

Adrian Coronel, 23, was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm and drug possession.

About 9:40 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of State Street and University Parkway, police say Coronel was in a car with others and came across a group of people holding a rally in support of President Donald Trump.

Coronel “approached the group and began screaming obscenities at them. The vehicle drove past the rally north on State Street and a passenger fired two rounds from a firearm into the air,” according to a police affidavit.

The vehicle then parked near the group and witnesses said Coronel “continued shouting at them” and pointed a gun out the window and made death threats, the affidavit states.

About 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, a man called police to report he had picked up two men in Wasatch County and gave them a ride to Orem.

“While they were in his vehicle he overheard them speaking about how they had ran from the police and were wanted,” the affidavit states.

Police located the men, including Coronel, in the area where the caller had dropped them off. Investigators then learned that Wasatch County sheriff's deputies had chased a stolen vehicle earlier in the evening and all the occupants in the car fled, except for one woman who told police that Coronel and others were in the vehicle and “they were involved in a shooting in Orem and she was in the vehicle when it occurred,” according to the affidavit.

The woman said they had driven past the Trump rally and began to scream at the group. “She then stated Adrian leaned out the window and fired several shots into the air. The group then drove up Provo Canyon where they were contacted by Wasatch deputies and fled,” the affidavit says.