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Kearns man charged with shooting another man during Salt Lake gunfire exchange

SALT LAKE CITY — A Kearns man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly exchanged gunfire with another man in April in Salt Lake City.

Luis Alejandro Alfaro Munguia, 24, was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court with aggravated assault resulting in serious injury and two counts of shooting a gun causing injury, second-degree felonies; plus obstruction of justice and possession of a gun by a restricted person, third-degree felonies.

On April 6, Salt Lake police responded to the area of 1050 W. 300 South on a report of a shooting. Investigators found a man who had a bullet hole in his front driver’s side window and who had also been shot in his left arm and right thigh, according to charging documents.

Police say the man “was uncooperative with the investigation, and he was transported to the hospital for his injuries.”

Detectives with the city’s gang unit served a search warrant at the residence where the man was found and reported recovering five guns. While officers were still on the scene, they were notified that Alfaro had shown up at a local hospital with gunshot wounds to his abdomen and forearm, the charges state. Initially, he claimed he was caught in the crossfire between two other parties shooting at each other.

Detectives, however, later were able to collect two shell casings and surveillance video from a school at 1115 S. 300 West. The video allegedly shows Alfaro getting out of one vehicle and the other man exiting a second vehicle. “A physical struggle occurs. A muzzle flash appears to go off and Alfaro Munguia runs to (his car) then runs to the (the other man’s car) and extends his arm as if he were holding a firearm to the (the car’s) driver’s side window where the bullet hole was later discovered,” according to the charges.

As of Wednesday, no criminal charges had been filed against the other man allegedly involved in the shooting.

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