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Provo police arrest two in shooting, say fight was about gang ties

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Guillermo Zepeda (Photo courtesy Provo Police)

Guillermo Zepeda (Photo courtesy Provo Police)

About two hours after 19-year-old Alan Ruiz-Zamora was shot at close range in the jaw while standing under a carport in Provo on Monday, police had identified, chased and caught two suspects.

Orem resident Guillermo Zepeda, 20, was booked into jail on charges of attempted murder, failure to stop at command of police and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person. Provo resident Severo Vine, 19, was booked on a charge of attempted murder.

Severo Vine (Photo courtesy Provo police)

Severo Vine (Photo courtesy Provo police)

Police say Zepeda went to the Provo home near 700 West and 300 South around 2:45 p.m. to confront Ruiz-Zamora over gang ties. He first brandished a handgun, then punched Ruiz-Zamora before shooting him in the face. The shooting victim’s condition is stable, police say.

After police identified the two men involved in the shooting, they started looking for their car — a red Chevrolet Cavalier. Provo police had help from the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force and Joint Criminal Apprehension Team.

A few hours later, officers spotted the suspects’ car near 650 West and 1975 North in Provo, according to a news release. They tried to stop the car but the suspects fled, then stopped in an apartment complex around 1720 North and 450 West. Vine stayed in the car and was arrested, but Zepeda took off on foot.

Police ran after him and caught up with him near the Provo River, according to the release. He struggled with officers trying to arrest him and they ended up rolling into the river, where officers got control and arrested him.

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