15-year-old boy shot, killed after car chase in West Valley

15-year-old boy shot, killed after car chase in West Valley. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — A 15-year-old boy and a dog were shot and killed Thursday night after a vehicle chase in West Valley City.

"The victim was traveling in a van with several friends, all of whom are juveniles in their mid-teens, when they were confronted by another group in a vehicle near 3500 South Bangerter Highway," a news release states.

According to the driver of the van, one or more of the occupants of the other vehicle were known to him. The driver of the van attempted to escape the other vehicle, according to police.

The other driver pursued the victim at high speeds, running several red lights and weaving in and out of traffic in the area of 3500 S. Bangerter and 3100 S., west of Bangerter.

Police say when the victim was forced to slow down because of traffic, the other driver pulled up alongside the victim's vehicle and fired multiple shots. The victim was struck by at least one bullet.

The victim's vehicle then turned westbound onto 4100 south in an eastbound lane, colliding with another vehicle.

Nobody was seriously injured in the crash.

A chihuahua inside the victim's vehicle was also struck by at least one bullet. The dog died at the scene.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a silver or gold colored Mitsubishi, or similar vehicle. Witnesses report that the vehicle was occupied by 3-4 people, who are described as in their mid-to-late teens. They are possibly Hispanic, according to West Valley Police.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call 801-840-4000.

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