Utah Football Players Shot at Party; police searching for three suspects

Updated: September 15, 2015
Utah Football Players Shot at Party, police searching for 3 suspects

Utah football players Lo Falemaka and Marcel Brooks-Brown were shot at a party Saturday night, but are expected to recover from injuries to the upper torso area.

The incident began just before midnight Saturday night at a crowded house party located near 310 S. and 1300 East, according to Sgt. Robin Heiden of Salt Lake Police Department. Two males at the party were asked to leave by the home renter, Heiden said, and an altercation took place at the doorway between these two males and two University of Utah football players who had attempted to escort them out. The players have been identified as sophomore tight end Lo Falemaka and freshman running back Marcel Brooks-Brown.

At this point, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot Falemaka and Brooks-Brown, according to Heiden. Both victims were shot in the torso. Both are in stable condition and expected to recover, Heiden said.

Utah football coach Kyle Wittingham issued the following statement:

“Obviously, our first concern is that both Lo and Marcel are going to be OK, which appears to be the case. We don’t have all of the details yet, but it is our understanding that they are the victims in this incident and we feel very fortunate that they are expected to fully recover. It is unknown at this time how soon they will be able to return to the football field, but we are optimistic it will be in the near future.”

The two suspects, along with a third male who was reportedly with them but not standing at the doorway at the moment of the shooting, fled on foot, according to Heiden.

One suspect is described as a black male, roughly six feet tall, wearing a baseball cap with a red bandana underneath it and a red T-shirt. The second suspect is described as a black male, 5-foot-9, with short dreadlocks, a baseball cap and a red T-shirt. The third suspect is described as a white male, heavy set and with facial hair. All suspects are in their 20s, according to Heiden.