Victims in Midvale shooting identified; suspects still missing
UPDATE Feb. 14, 6:30 a.m.: The suspect in a Midvale shooting that allegedly killed three people and wounded one person has been arrested. Read more: Suspect in Midvale triple homicide arrested
MIDVALE, Utah — Three people are dead in a shooting inside a home in Midvale and a manhunt is on for two men suspected of involvement in the slayings.
Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said the shooting began at approximately 8 a.m. Tuesday. Someone inside the home called 911 as the killings were allegedly taking place.
Officers found three bodies — two women and a man — inside the home, Lt. Hoyal said. Another woman was transported to the hospital and is in serious condition.
Police have identified the victims as 35-year-old Omar Jarman, 34-year-old Shontay Young and 26-year-old Danielle Lucero.
“Our investigators are interviewing those individuals and working with them, trying to still put together the pieces of basically this puzzle,” LT. Hoyal said.
Investigators say one of the witnesses, 38-year-old Jose Fernando Garcia, was so uncooperative when he was being interviewed that he was booked into jail for obstruction of justice.
“There was one individual booked into jail for obstructing justic charges related to this case but we’re not releasing any information because it’s critical to the investigation, those details are not being released,” Hoyal said.
As many as 80 officers searched the neighborhood for any sign of two men suspected of involvement in the killings. Nearby schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution briefly Tuesday morning.
Police identified one of the suspects as David Fresques, 25.
“We would ask Fresques to turn himself in, come talk to us about what took place here,” Lt. Hoyal said.
Police said Fresques is an acquaintance of some of the people at the home. They are still investigating a possible motive behind the shooting.
Another man believed to be involved has not been identified by police, but both are considered armed and dangerous. A vehicle belonging to Fresques was found at a Motel 6 near 7200 South in Midvale. The SWAT team went room-by-room looking for the suspect, but came up empty-handed.
“I was so scared when someone opened up (the) door and (there were) men with guns,” said Adam Holm, who was evacuated from the motel.
Court records showed that Fresques has a lengthy criminal history of robbery, assault, disorderly conduct, theft, drug and forgery charges. He also has gang ties, police said.
Fresques’ mother, Gayle, told FOX 13 that her son was getting help for a drug addiction and was turning his life around. His wife is pregnant, she said.
Police were camped outside the family’s home on Tuesday. Gayle Fresques told FOX 13 in a telephone interview that she was afraid officers would “kill my baby.” She pleaded with her son to come forward to police.
“I want to tell him, ‘Why don’t you answer your phone, David? Because we love you, we’re here for you no matter what’s going on. No matter what’s happened, we love you so much. We just want you to please come and talk to these people and clear it up! Clear it up!” she said in tears.
Police said a narcotics warrant had been served at the home about a month ago. One neighbor told FOX 13 she confronted Fresques about drugs in the area.
“I just told him basically quit selling and doing drugs in front of the house. Stop doing it around here. It’s a neighborhood, there’s kids,” said the woman who identified herself as Mandy.
Lt. Hoyal asks the public to call Unified Police at (801) 743-7000 if they see Fresques or have information regarding this case.
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