Man shot in Monitor Drive parking lot |

Man shot in Monitor Drive parking lot

by Jay Hamburger, of The Record staff

An assailant shot a man in the face in a Monitor Drive parking lot Saturday evening in a case that appears to be a random shooting, the Park City Police Department said.

The victim, who is 48 years old, is in stable condition, the Police Department said in a prepared statement. Police Chief Wade Carpenter said the police arrested a suspect in the shooting during a traffic stop on Eagle Cove Drive, a small street on the edge of Park Meadows, at about 7 p.m., approximately 30 minutes after the shooting was reported.

German Chavez, 19 years old and from Ephraim, faces a charge of aggravated attempted murder and two weapons charges, according to the police. Carpenter said Chavez used a handgun.

"There’s no reason to believe any thing (other) than it’s attempted homicide," Carpenter said.

The police chief said the victim claims he does not know the suspect. According to Carpenter, the victim and his wife had just returned to the Holiday Village apartment complex from a vacation in the Wendover, Nev., area when the assailant confronted the man.

Carpenter said investigators have gathered "evidence that is pertinent to the case," including footage from a surveillance camera at the complex. In a Police Department release, the police said the assailant might have offered to sell electronics to the victim. The victim did not want the goods, prompting the shooting, the release said.

Immigration officials have ordered Chavez held, the police chief said. Formal charges had not been filed by midday Monday.

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