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Accused Salt Lake shooter to appear in court

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:31 a.m. HST, Jan 22, 2013

A 26-year-old man charged with trying to kill three people on New Year’s Day in the Salt Lake area will make his initial appearance in District Court this morning.

Rodney J. Whipple, who listed no local address has been held in police custody since Friday unable to post $500,000 bail.

Whipple is charged with one count of first-degree attempted murder, three counts of second-degree attempted murder, assault in the second degree and three firearms charges.

He is being held on $500,000 bail.

Police said the suspect confronted three victims — a 33-year-old man, 32-year-old man and 25-year-old female — at about 2:25 a.m. Jan. 1 and fired at least six shots.

A bullet grazed one of the victims, who was treated on-scene by Emergency Medical Services, police said.

The suspect was identified by two of the victims.

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