Utah suburb shooting leaves woman, child, male suspect dead

  • Utah suburb shooting leaves woman, child, male suspect dead

Utah suburb shooting leaves woman, child, male suspect dead

SANDY, Utah (AP) - Utah investigators and stunned residents of a middle-class Salt Lake City suburb are trying to understand what led a man to open fire on a woman and children inside a auto, leaving the woman, a boy and the man himself dead and two other children injured.

The shooting occurred in the quiet neighborhood with winding roads, nestled against mountains about 20 miles southeast (32 kilometers) of Salt Lake City.

Rackley's husband is doing as well as can be expected for someone dealing with the loss of the mother of his children as well as his youngest child, with another son fighting for his life, said White, who has been a family friend for 30 years. He says the family is reeling from the loss of two loved ones and critical injuries to another son.

Police say Rackley was walking two of her sons home from elementary school when 32-year-old Jeremy Patterson rammed the auto they were riding in and then opened fire.

Sgt. Jason Nielsen of the Sandy City Police Department said that both adults and juveniles were involved in the incident.

He said some parents picking up children realized what was happening and scooped up kids in their cars to safety or ushered them into nearby homes.

Nielsen would not elaborate on why he called the driver who picked up the woman and children a good Samaritan, but said that information would be coming out.

Police say Rackley was shot and killed Tuesday as she walked her two sons home from school. Utah investigators and residents of a middle-class Salt Lake City suburb were trying Wednesday to.

An injured boy was hospitalized in critical condition.

Nielsen says Rackley and her sons were in the vehicle of another woman who had stopped to pick them up as they walked home from the boys' elementary school after school ended for the day Tuesday.

The driver was not hurt but her 8-year-old daughter was injured in the shooting.

Rackley was walking about six blocks from the school when she flagged down a driver - the same woman who showed up at Peterson's door.

Utah investigators and residents of a middle-class Salt Lake City suburb were trying Wednesday to understand what led a man to open fire on a woman and children inside a vehicle - leaving the woman and one of her sons dead, another son in critical condition and a girl injured.

Police say Patterson was not the father of the two children who were with Rackley.

"Preceding this event, what appears to have took place is a good Samaritan saw a female with two juveniles, stopped to help them, to transport them out of the area".

Moments after the unidentified driver picked up Rackley, Patterson rammed the auto with his vehicle. Police say he then got out and started shooting.

Rackley and her 6-year-old son were killed. The woman who was driving the auto survived and was not hospitalized.

Rackley family spokesman Jeff White said he didn't know the exact nature of the relationship between Rackley and Patterson.

Stewart said the school would provide grief counselors for students Wednesday, the last day of classes.

The injured boy was a 5th grader and missed his graduation Wednesday - so the students, teachers and parents read his name aloud and gave him a standing ovation, said classmate Chloee Walker.

Nielsen did not immediately know if the gunman killed himself or if someone else involved in the dispute had a gun.

Police say the three died in an apparent domestic dispute after a woman and two children were picked up by second woman who also had a child in her auto.

A man believed to be the suspect rammed his auto into the other, got out of his vehicle and started firing.