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The Latest: 19-year-old arrested in drive-by shooting of boy

KEARNS, Utah – The Latest on the drive-by shooting of a 9-year-old boy (all times are local):

4:10 pm

Utah police arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the drive-by shooting of a 9-year-old boy, who left the youth in critical condition.

A tweet Thursday from the Unified Police official Twitter account announced the arrest of Oscar Bermejo-Zaragoza. The police did not return a message seeking more information.

Salt Lake County jail records show Mayor-Zaragoza was held on Thursday afternoon on suspicion of aggravated assault and discharging a firearm in the direction of a vehicle.

Court records show Mayor-Zaragoza faces aggravated burglary, theft and assault charges from a September home invasion in Ogden. His lawyer in that case, James Retallick, do not return messages.

The police says the boy was sitting in the boot of a car in the city of Kearns on Wednesday when a passing car fired a shot, which hit the boy in the head.

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9:50 pm

Utah police say that a 9-year-old boy who was shot in a drive-by shooting remains in critical condition after emergency surgery.

Unified Police Detective Ken Hansen said Thursday that the doctors don’t know until the weekend whether the boy will recover.

The police says the boy was sitting on the back seat of a car in Kearns with other children Wednesday afternoon, when a passing car fired a shot in the direction of the vehicle. It went through the windshield and hit the boy in the head.

No other children were injured.

Hansen says that the police believe that the shooting may be gang-related, and someone else was the target.

Hansen says that the police were looking for two young Latino men wearing Chicago Bulls hats that witnesses reported seeing in the passing car.

The car was found in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

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