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Four Wasatch Back Residents Now Arrested In Connection To Murray Mall Shooting

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Three additional men have been arrested in connection to the Fashion Place Mall shooting that took place on Sunday. The additional arrests mean four of the five gang members arrested have ties to Summit and Wasatch Counties.

18-year-old Steven Perez-Hernandez, 20-year-old Arian Huerta and Flaviano Aguilar, also 20, have been booked into Salt Lake County Jail in connection to the gang-related shooting that took place outside of Fashion Place Mall in Murray.

Officers at the Salt Lake County Jail confirmed that Huerta lives in Peoa. Aguilar also lives in Summit County, although officials did not know where exactly.

The three arrests are in addition to two made earlier this week in connection to the case. 19-year-old Jorge Crecencio-Gonzalez of Park City and Jesus Payan-Mendoza of Heber City also 19.

All five men are part of the Surenos gang, according to Salt Lake Area Gang Unit Lt. Mike Schoenfeld. The young men were in the mall when they encountered members of a rival gang. The two gangs begin arguing before deciding to take their argument outside the mall.

When the two gangs went outside the mall; members of the Surenos shot two members of the other gang. A woman was treated for a gun shot wound and released, the other gunshot victim, a man remains in stable condition at Intermountain Medical Center.

No bystanders were hit by gunfire.

Members of the gang fled, and police have since arrested five young men involved. Murray City Police say however that the shooters themselves are still outstanding.

Aguilar was arrested on Wednesday evening on charges of 3rd degree Felony Riot and 1st degree Felony Obstruction of Justice.

Huerta was booked into jail on Thursday and charged with two Class A Misdemeanor Failure to Stop at Command of Law Enforcment Officer and 3rd degree Felony Rioting

Sandy resident Hernandez was charged on Thursday for 3rd degree felony Riot. He also was charged with Class A Misdemeanor Failure to Stop at Command of Law Enforcment which occurred three days after the mall shooting.

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