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Police investigators at the scene of a homicide Sunday morning outside an Airbnb rental home in Draper. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

DRAPER, Utah, April 3, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — Police from multiple agencies fanned out across Draper and the southern end of the Salt Lake Valley early Sunday morning, searching for a suspect who shot and killed one man and seriously injured another.

Draper Police Department Lt. Dustin Willie told the Gephardt Daily that officers were called to an Airbnb rental home on South Cranberry Hill Court just before 1am. When the police arrived, they found a man who had been shot and another injured, and in extremely critical condition.

Witnesses told police the shooting happened just as a large party against the vacation rental home began to break up. The revelers were leaving when there was a confrontation in the street between two men, one of whom pulled out a gun and opened fire, Willie said.

Police investigators at the scene of a homicide Sunday morning outside an Airbnb rental home in Draper. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

The man who police say was the intended target died at the scene. A second man who was caught in the shooting was seriously injured and rushed to a trauma center with life-threatening injuries.

Willie said after the shooting the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to hijack a vehicle before he managed to flee. Police believe he was driven by a friend or left in his own vehicle.

The fatal shooting outside the Airbnb prompted a major police response with officers from Draper, Sandy, West Jordan and Unified Police taking part in search efforts. A K-9 unit was deployed, as was the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Star 9 helicopter team.

The suspect, described as a man with a surly build and facial tattoos, remained at large on Sunday morning.

Police have yet to release the name of the victim pending notification from family members.

Gephardt Daily will update this developing story as more information becomes available.

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