Gunman Opens Fire On Climbers in Little Cottonwood Canyon

Gunman Opens Fire On Climbers in Little Cottonwood Canyon

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Gunman Opens Fire On Climbers in Little Cottonwood Canyon

According to the Salt Lake Tribune a gunman opened fire on Monday evening on climbers in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT. 

The shooting occurred at roughly 6 p.m. Monday in the canyon best known for its ski areas, Snowbird and Alta.

Rock climber Samuel Clairmont and two others were coming down the fourth pitch of Pentapitch when a man in a green sedan started shooting from Little Cottonwood’s Vaults Road before speeding away.

Clairmont later posted a warning on Mountaibuzz to “be aware of your surroundings and keep your eyes open.”

“Warning to all climbers in SLC area,” the post reads. “Today, me and 2 friends were on the upper ledge (rapping 4th pitch) of Pentapitch when multiple rounds were fired at us from a green sedan on the side of the vaults road, near gate B. Of the 15 Shots, ~5-7 whistled past us and hit rock around us. The other shots were fired and nearly hit climbers on Stifflers Mom.”

Police Lt. Brian Lohrke said that it is unclear if the shots were meant to kill the climbers or simply scare them.

“One witness stated a green passenger car with approximately three occupants could have been involved,” Lohrke told the Tribune. “The vehicle left the canyon before officers arrived.”

The shooting is still under investigation and if you have any information regarding the incident, please contact Utah police at 801-743-7000.

 

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