Domestic-related shooting leaves 2 injured, 3 dead in Utah
By Jennifer Cruz
Authorities investigate after a shooting in a Salt Lake City suburb that left a mother and her son dead, and two other children injured. (Photo: KSL)
Two children were injured and a 39-year-old woman and her kindergarten son were killed before the gunman, an apparent ex-boyfriend of the victim, turned the gun on himself in Sandy, Utah, Tuesday afternoon.
The shooting rocked the typically quiet Salt Lake City suburb, but according to reports, just three days prior to the shooting, the victim, identified as Memorez Rackley, contacted the police to report harassment from the suspect, 32-year-old Jeremy Patterson, who was told by authorities not to contact Rackley again.
The shooting occurred around 3:45 p.m., about 10 minutes after Rackley had picked up her two children from school. A woman passing by apparently noticed Rackley and her children walking on the side of the road and stopped to help them, although it’s unclear what occurred in the minutes before the woman stopped.
Rackley accepted a ride from the woman, but almost immediately, Patterson drove up behind the woman’s SUV and rammed it from behind with his pickup truck, which disabled the woman’s vehicle. Patterson then got out of his truck, walked up to the