Wednesday night South Salt Lake Police got a call that a shooting victim had been dropped off at Pioneer Valley Hospital.
Unified Police Spokesperson Lt. Justin Hoyal told ABC 4 Utah, “The initial information was that some people had picked up a male around 200 E and 3300 S, but when South Salt Lake detectives searched the area they were unable to locate any kind of scene or evidence that a shooting had taken place.”
The next day the shooting victim, 23-year-old Nicholas Monte died from a gunshot would to the chest. Monte along with three others, Geno Gonzales, Jose Mendoza and Alfred Gomes, police find out, were believed to be behind a home invasion somewhere in Taylorsville. The only problem was police didn’t have a victim.
“We had never received any calls from a victim that there had been a victim of a home invasion robbery,” said Lt. Hoyal.
When the men dropped off Monte at the hospital they said they found him in the area of 200 E 3300 S. It wasn’t until Gonzales and Mendoza were arrested that they found where the real crime had occurred: 5163 S. Applewood Drive.
Lt. Hoyal told ABC 4 Utah, “Our detectives went over to the house last night, served a search warrant and contacted the homeowner. Through the search warrant they were able to locate the scene where the shooting took place, they recovered a firearm, narcotics and paraphernalia.”
Police did take the homeowner in for questioning and they say he’s being very cooperative.
“Right now he has not been booked into jail, however he is still a suspect in this case,” explained Lt. Hoyal.
Currently there are two men in jail, Gonzales and Mendoza. Police are still searching for 34-year-old Alfred Gomez.
If you know something about Gomez’s whereabouts you’re asked to call Unified Police.