Salt Lake City police investigating slaying of 20-year-old

Crime • Man wanted for questioning man have fled to Nevada, police say.
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Salt Lake City police on Sunday continued to investigate an overnight shooting that left a 20-year-old dead.

Lt. Scott White said Valentin Sigala Jr. was at a party about 4:50 a.m. near 1100 S. Glendale Drive (1500 West) when someone shot him at least once in the chest.

White said when police arrived to investigate a call of shots fired, Sigala was no longer at the scene. White said the wounded man's friends apparently loaded him into a vehicle and drove him to Intermountain Medical Center, where they dropped him off and left.

Medical professionals pronounced Sigala dead upon arrival, White said.

But authorities are not certain if Sigala was killed instantly or died during the drive, White said.

Police took about seven or eight witnesses in for questioning, but believe there may be more witnesses to the shooting.

Police also said they want to question a 22-year-old man in connection with Sigala's death, who may have fled to Nevada where he has acquaintances.

Police did not release a motive in the slaying, but said the gang unit was investigating.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 801-799-3000. Anonymous tips may be sent to TIPSLCPD plus information to CRIMES (274637). Reference case No. 12-188041.

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