KAYSVILLE -- A gunman suspected of wounding a maintenance worker at a Kaysville apartment complex Friday afternoon was found dead by police a few hours later.
SWAT officers used a robot device at 5:35 p.m. to locate the man inside a unit at the Francis Peak View apartments, 600 W. Mutton Hollow Road, where the shooting occurred, said Centerville Assistant Police Chief Paul Child, serving as the incident's public information officer.
When officers entered the apartment, they found the suspect down. Paramedics determined the man was dead.
His name has not been released.
Child said it appeared the man died of gunshot wounds, but it was not yet clear if the wounds were self-inflicted or if he was shot by an individual involved in the earlier shooting.
Child said police officers did not exchange gunfire with the man.
The first shooting was reported at 2:27 p.m.
Kaysville Police Chief Sol Oberg identified the victim in that shooting as 51-year-old Steve Bailey, a maintenance worker at the apartment complex.
He was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital with critical injuries, including multiple gunshot wounds.
Oberg said Friday night that Bailey's medical prognosis was "pretty good."
"He is a nice guy," a resident who declined to give his name said of Bailey. "He is good people."
A third man, who also was not identified by police, shot at the suspected shooter multiple times as he left on foot. Child said that man contacted police and was cooperating in the investigation.
Child said he did not know the relationship among the three men or what sparked the initial shooting.
Residents of the apartments were ordered to stay inside while SWAT officers attempted to find the gunman.
Dylan Viator, who witnessed the event unfold, stepped out on the porch of a friend's apartment when he heard what he thought was firecrackers.
"Then I turned left and saw everyone was running and freaked out," Viator, 18, of Layton, said in a telephone interview from the apartment.
Viator and his friend went back inside the apartment to check on his friend's brother, who is handicapped. They went back outside, and "we saw tons of cops going everywhere and telling us to get back inside."
He said, for the most part, he and his friend remained calm during the standoff.
Meanwhile, his mother, Kim Viator, waited at the intersection of Main Street and Mutton Hollow Road for the standoff to end so she could take her son home.
"This is so hard. I can't go inside, and he can't leave," Kim Viator said.
Police blocked all entrances into the apartment complex as they searched for the gunman.
Officers from multiple agencies, along with SWAT team members from the Davis County Sheriff's Office and the Bountiful Police Department, surrounded an apartment building at the southwest corner of the complex.
Creekside Elementary School, just north of the apartment complex, was in lockdown briefly after receiving reports from neighbors about the shooting, said Christopher Williams, Davis School District spokesman.
Four children were on the playground, he said, and four were inside the school when the shooting happened.
Students had been released from school at 1:25 p.m. Friday. When the parents of the eight students arrived to pick up the students, school employees also left.
Chad Hartley was moving his fiancee and their 1-year-old child into the apartment complex. They had just returned with a second load of furniture to find the streets blocked off and police in the area.
"We got here and saw Life Flight and knew something bad had happened," Hartley said.
Britlyn Cole and Michael Preece decided they had enough of waiting in their apartment and left with their 8-month-old son about 4:30 p.m. They said they know Bailey.
"He's an amazing person," Cole said. "It's always, how can I help you? He is always telling us to let God into our souls and things will work out."
Preece said Bailey had been to their apartment several times to fix things, including a water heater at 1 a.m.
"He's the kind of person who will give you the shirt off his back," Preece said. "He didn't deserve this. No one does."