The Trolley Square report: A killer's brutal attack

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Tuesday's report did not explain what motivated Sulejman Talovic's bloody Feb. 12 rampage at Trolley Square. But police recounted in chilling detail how Talovic moved through the mall, appeared to pick his victims at random, and shot several of them after they had already fallen. The report also details how he was stopped. Here is a visual retelling of those eight terrifying minutes.



1: At 6:42 p.m., Sulejman Talovic arrived at Trolley Square and parked his car on the top floor of the west parking lot. Carrying a backpack full of ammunition, a handgun and a shotgun, Talovic encountered father and son Jeffrey and A.J. Walker. He opened fire with the shotgun. Jeffrey was hit in the head and fell. Pellets hit A.J. in the head and ankle, but he was able to run down the stairs. Talovic then approached the elder Walker and fired more blasts, striking the father in the back and the head.

2: Talovic walked east down the parking lot stairs to the mall's sidewalk. As he approached the mall's west doors, he saw Shawn Munns about 30 yards away and fired the shotgun twice. Munns was struck twice and fell. Munns got up, ran, and took refuge in the Hard Rock Cafe. Talovic then fired at the mall doors, blowing out the glass.

3: After entering the mall's main building, Talovic fired upon and missed an unarmed security guard who was standing at the top of the stairs. Talovic continued walking east and met Vanessa Quinn as she was running west. Talovic drew his handgun and shot Quinn in the chest in front of Bath & Body Works. After she fell, Talovic walked to Quinn and shot her again in the head.

4: Talovic walked around the corner and turned south. But he stopped, stepped back and entered the card shop Cabin Fever. He fired the shotgun at crouched and hiding shoppers, beginning with Carolyn Tuft. Then he fired at Stacy Hanson as he crouched against a glass wall. Talovic then turned back and shot Kirsten Hinckley, Brad Frantz and Teresa Ellis. After reloading the shotgun in the hallway, Talovic returned and shot Tuft, Hinckley and Ellis again.

5: Ken Hammond, an off-duty Ogden police officer, heard the shooting and investigated. Looking down from the second-floor balcony, he saw Talovic leaving Cabin Fever. Hammond drew his gun and identified himself, after which Talovic fired the shotgun at him twice. Talovic then fired at other mall employees on the second floor before walking toward Hanson and shooting him again in the back.

6: Hammond spotted uniformed Salt Lake City police Sgt. Andy Oblad, who had entered through a south door and moved downstairs to join him. Hammond looked inside Pottery Barn Kids and saw a portion of Talovic's body and shotgun. Hammond took cover and traded fire with Talovic. Oblad fired when Talovic came into view.

7: Four Salt Lake City SWAT team members entered through the north doors of Pottery Barn Kids, while Oblad was firing on Talovic. They moved south, came around a corner, and found Talovic near the mall's corridor.

8: Three SWAT officers saw Talovic swinging a shotgun in the direction of the victims and Oblad and Hammond. The SWAT officers fired. After a first volley, Talovic spun toward the SWAT team and the three fired a second volley. Talovic fell at 6:50 p.m.

A look at the victims:

Jeffrey Walker,

53, was shot repeatedly as he entered a stairway of the west parking lot with his son, A.J. Jeffrey Walker died.

A.J. Walker, then 16, was wounded in the head and ankle by shotgun pellets. He fled down the parking lot stairs and survived.

Shawn Munns, then 34, was leaving when he was wounded by two shotgun blasts. He fell, got up and ran to safety.

Vanessa Quinn, 29, was meeting her husband to belatedly buy wedding rings. She died after being shot in the chest and head with the hangun.

Teresa Ellis, 29, was shopping with boyfriend Brad Frantz. She was shot repeatedly with the shotgun as she lay hiding on the floor of Cabin Fever.

Brad Frantz, 24, was hit in the head by a shotgun blast. He also died at the scene.

Kirsten Hinckley, 15, was crouched inside Cabin Fever with her mother when she was shot once. Talovic fired another fatal blast to her head after she fell.

Carolyn Tuft, then 44, Kirsten's mother, was shot twice by Talovic's shotgun inside Cabin Fever. She survived but is still recovering.

Stacy Hanson, then 50, was struck in the abdomen, arm and back. He survived but was paralyzed.

Tale of the guns:

Suppliers prosecuted, sentenced

The only prosecutions related to the Trolley Square shootings were against men who illegally sold Sulejman Talovic the two guns he used.



Westley Wayne Hill sold Talovic the gun at Sportsman's Fast Cash Pawn in West Valley City on Nov. 13, 2006. Hill, 39, pleaded guilty to failing to indicate on a form whether Talovic showed a second form of identification, required because Talovic, a Bosnian, was a legal alien.

Prosecutors dropped a felony charge that alleged the sale also was illegal because the gun's pistol grip required a buyer to be age 21 or older. Hill was sentenced to a year on probation and a $500 fine.

All the spent shotgun shells recovered at the scene were No. 8 shot.


Three men were charged in connection with Talovic's purchase of the handgun for $800 in a McDonalds parking lot.

Mackenzie Glade Hunter got the gun from a friend in Wyoming in June 2006 and brought it to Salt Lake City; within weeks, he arranged the sale to Talovic, then 17. He has said Talovic talked about robbing a bank, which Hunter says he took as a joke.

The 20-year-old Herriman man is serving 15 months in prison, after pleading guilty to felony possession of a gun while using drugs and a reduced misdemeanor count of transferring a gun to a minor.

Brenden Taylor Brown, 21, of West Jordan, first got the gun from Hunter; both men later sold it to Talovic, prosecutors said. Brown, also initially accused of lying to investigators, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of selling a handgun to a minor. He was sentenced to a year of probation.

Matthew Hautala, 21, of Rock Springs, Wyo., saw Hunter acquire the gun in Wyoming and was accused of lying to investigators. He pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of aiding the transfer of a firearm to a juvenile and was sentenced to a year on probation and a $500 fine.


6:42 p.m. - Talovic is believed to arrive at Trolley Square.

6:44 p.m. - The first 911 call was made.

6:47 p.m. - The first Salt Lake City police officer arrived.

6:50 p.m. - A SWAT team reported Talovic was down.

Source: Salt Lake City police report