Man killed outside Salt Palace allegedly scammed shooter

Salt Lake City police arrest a man in connection with the shooting death of a 41-year-old man in Florida.

(SLCPD) Salt Lake City Police Department officers respond to a shooting near the Salt Palace Convention Center Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. The man who was later shot died at a nearby hospital.

The Florida man who was shot outside the Salt Palace Convention Center on Saturday was likely killed by someone he defrauded, according to the Salt Lake City Police Department. Police released the victim’s identity on Sunday and said they had arrested one person in connection with the shooting.

Delford Knight, 41, had flown to Salt Lake City from Florida to attend Sneaker Con, a one-day event being held at the Salt Palace on Saturday, police said. Knight and a group of friends, according to investigators, attended several similar conventions in an effort to scam other attendees through match betting.

Police believe that someone who lost money to Knight in Event in Salt Lake City became angry, and he and a group followed Knight out of the building and into the West Temple, where they began to fight.

Officers responded to 911 calls to the area at 3:19 p.m. Knight was found with gunshot wounds and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he died that night.

The 22-year-old who was arrested in the case has been arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated robbery. We don’t think he was the shooter. Police also believe members of the group that attacked Knight pulled items from his pockets, including a cellphone and cash. The shooter and at least one other person associated with him rushed into a nearby parking lot and drove off in a car, according to witness statements to police.

Sneaker Con founder Yu-Ming Wu said in an emailed statement to the Salt Lake Tribune that he had been informed that Knight was part of a group organizing a tri-hull riding game at the exterior of the convention center. Sneaker Con, a traveling showcase and market for high-end tennis shoes, was held inside.

“The altercation was unaffiliated with our Sneaker Con event,” Wu wrote, “and the alleged three-shell ride orchestrators did not attend our event.”

The SLCPD is still seeking information on the shooting. Anyone with information, including photos or video, is asked to call 801-799-3000.

“We have dedicated many resources to this investigation,” Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said in a news release. “What happened today does not represent downtown or our great city.”

The SLCPD reported that it was the eighth homicide in Salt Lake City this year.

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