Dispute about a pack of gum ends in fatal shooting

| 12/27/2007

Some of the truckers at a Salt Lake City truck stop were eyewitnesses to a killing on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

The Deseret Morning News reports that a 31-year-old security guard was shot to death by a man who was arguing loudly with a clerk over the purchase of a package of gum.

It happened at the Sapp Brothers Travel Center on California Avenue.

The shooter, identified as 51-year-old Roger Malcolm, was arrested at the scene and is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail. He was described by police as a foul-mouthed, belligerent transient.

The security guard had asked him to leave, and witnesses say Malcolm shot him in the neck.

Trucker John Walker of Denver was quoted as saying, “This is just cold blooded.”