Warrants offer new details about argument that led to shooting at Sandy school

Shooting outside Union Middle School in Sandy, Utah

Shooting outside Union Middle School in Sandy, Utah

SANDY, Utah — Search warrants unsealed this week offer more details about an argument between two teenagers that led to a shooting at Union Middle School in Sandy October 25.

A 16-year-old boy suffered gunshot wounds just as classes were letting out at the school near 600 East and 8000 South, and a 14-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder. 

Search warrants unsealed November 20 and November 24 indicate the two teens were involved in an argument via Facebook centered around the suspect’s girlfriend, who previously dated the victim.

Prior to the shooting, the 16-year-old added the 14-year-old on Facebook and the two began sending each other threatening messages. The suspect later told police he, “instigated much of the fight, which is evident through the Facebook messages that were sent…”

According to the warrant: “Several of the messages discuss wanting to fight, threatening to ‘smash in your skull until your own family can’t recognize the bloody pulp that’s left,’ and insulting the victim’s dead parents.”

The two teens arranged to meet each other and fight on October 25 after school.

The teen who was shot, “approached [the suspect] and stuck his arms out, telling [the suspect] to shoot him and reunite him with his deceased mother.”

Then the suspect allegedly shot the victim one time, then moved to stand over the fallen teen, where he allegedly fired two more times. The victim was struck a total of two times, once in the neck and once in the head.

Because the juvenile suspect has not been certified as an adult at this time, Fox 13 News is not releasing his name.