SALT LAKE CITY — A Taylorsville man who said he feared for his life when he allegedly shot at two cars being driven away from an apartment complex — hitting two 18-year-old women inside and possibly leaving one paralyzed — is facing multiple felony charges.
Faalae So’o, 37, was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with felony discharge of a firearm, a first-degree felony; felony discharge of a firearm, a second-degree felony; and six counts of felony discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony.
On July 26 about 1 a.m. at an apartment complex near 3700 West and 5100 South, So’o told police that two cars “sped into the complex with loud music,” according to a police affidavit. The vehicles stopped and So’o said he heard the occupants talk about whether they were at the right place.
“(So’o) said he then heard a loud boom and thought it was gunfire. (He) approached the group as they were damaging a car with bricks and a tire iron. (So’o) said a male was holding an object but he wasn’t sure what it was,” the affidavit states.
As So’o approached, four to five people got back into their cars and started to drive away.
Charging documents state that So’o told police he fired at one of the cars “as a warning shot.” He then said he “shot at the departing vehicles as he was in fear for his life,” the charges state.
Police say at least eight rounds were fired. One round was found in a nearby apartment and another in a parked car, according to the charges.
Unified police found the victims in a parking lot near 3900 South 5400 West. An 18-year-old girl who was shot in the back told officers “she had no feeling in her waist and could not move her legs,” the charges state.
“The preliminary evaluation indicates that person will be paralyzed,” police wrote in their affidavit after the woman was taken to the hospital.
A second 18-year-old woman suffered a grazing gunshot wound to her elbow, according to charging documents.
So’o, who has no prior criminal history in Utah, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.