West Valley police say a man recently shot in Salt Lake City has no connection to a double killing outside Hunter High School, even though the accused gunman allegedly claimed the shooting was in retaliation.
Why the alleged gunman believed the man and his family were somehow connected to the shooting deaths of two Hunter High students six days earlier was still unknown Monday. But West Valley police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said after investigating the claims, detectives found no ties between the Salt Lake shooting and the Hunter High killings on Jan. 13.
Charles Wight, of Auburn, Washington, is charged with attempted murder and aggravated burglary, first-degree felonies, and discharge of a firearm causing injury, a second-degree felony, for the Jan. 19 shooting. Three new charges were later filed against him — three counts of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony — for an incident at a McDonald’s drive-thru that occurred about 20 minutes before the shooting.