Child killed in Sandy shooting was a kindergarten student, school district confirms

Child killed in Sandy shooting was a kindergarten student, school district confirms (Photo: GoFundMe)

(KUTV) One of those killed in a Sandy shooting Tuesday afternoon was a kindergarten student at Brookwood Elementary School, Canyons School District confirmed.

The shooting, which happened around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday near 8600 South and 2200 East, left three dead and two injured.

A man reportedly stepped out of his vehicle and fired a gun into another car, killing a woman and a child and injuring two other children. The shooter, 32-year-old Jeremy Patterson of Draper, then killed himself.

The woman he shot has been identified as 39-year-old Memorez Rackley of Sandy, Utah.

Jeff Haney of the Canyons School District confirmed to 2News Wednesday morning that the boy who died was enrolled in kindergarten classes at Brookwood Elementary. Sandy Police confirmed the child was a 6 years old, but have not released his name.

Haney said the gunman also shot that student's brother, a fifth grader, who was taken into surgery Tuesday night. He had reconstructive surgery on his jaw Tuesday night, according to Haney, and will have to have at least one more surgery Wednesday or Thursday. Sandy Police confirmed that boy is 9 years old. He is currently in critical but stable condition. Haney said the boy was scheduled to participate in a fifth grade graduation ceremony Wednesday.

Another young girl was shot, Haney said, and is in stable condition. She is not related to the woman, kindergartner or fifth grader. Sandy Police said she is 8 years old and the daughter of the woman who tried to help collect Rackley and her two children prior to the shooting. That woman's name is not being released at this time.

Patterson is not related to any of the victims. Police said Patterson and Rackley "did have some type of relationship, however the extent of the relationship is still under investigation at this time."

The Rackley family released a statement Wednesday that said it is "heartbroken by the events of yesterday."

"We are focusing on supporting our injured son in his recovery," the statement read. "We are grateful to the Good Samaritan that stopped to help our family and our thoughts are also with their daughter who was injured. At this time we appreciate the prayers of so many. We ask that you respect our privacy as we mourn for our family."

There is a Rackley Memorial Fund at Mountain America Credit Union for those who would like to help support memorial services. A GoFundMe page has also been set up for the family.

Those in the area at the time of the shooting describe a chaotic scene and expressed fear for the children nearby.

Tracy Finau, who witnessed the shooting, told 2News the shooter blocked the woman's car before shooting.

"He walked out of his car, went to his passenger side, pulled out a handgun and walked toward the [woman's] car and shot the window out," Finau said.

Finau said the shooter then walked around the vehicle and shot into the back windows.

Sandy resident Jordan Smith was also close to the scene. She heard gunshots while driving on Alta Canyon Drive and quickly jumped in action after seeing children walking home from school.

"I knew that there was a gun, and that there was a shooter," Smith told 2News. "I saw all these kids on the street, and I just knew that they needed to get out of there."

Smith said she grabbed two girls and put them in her car. She also opened her trunk and "pushed in a bunch of boys" before reversing and heading back down the street. She said she took them to a neighbor's house and was eventually able to reunite them with their parents.

Schools in the area were immediately put under lockdown, which was then lifted around 5 p.m.

Many students in the Canyons School District participated in graduation ceremonies following the shooting. Today is the last day of classes for schools in district.

Haney said grief counselors, like Tory Gillet, were on scene Tuesday night and will remain available Wednesday help students and parents.

Gillet told 2News Wednesday parents should watch their children's behavior over the next few days.

"If they're talking about it, of course you want to address it on their developmental level," Gillet said. "Reassure them that they're safe. That's the biggest thing in an event like this is to make sure they're safe at home and at school."

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