KEARNS, UT. (THECOUNT) — Midvale, Utah man, John Herman Tonga, has been identified as the victim found dead in the front yard area of a Kearns home on Wednesday.

Police found Tonga, 34, suffering from fatal gunshot wounds following an apparent shooting that occurred inside the home located at 4805 S. 4720 West in Kearns, Utah.


Officials released no other details about the investigation.

A day earlier, six other people were inside the home at 4805 S. 4720 West at the time of the shooting, about 7:30 a.m., reports DeseretNews.

About 7:40 a.m., another man arrived at the St. Mark’s Taylorsville Emergency Center with a gunshot wound and was brought to Intermountain Medical Center in serious condition.

Tonga was pronounced dead at the scene of gunshot injuries.


Geo quick facts: Kearns is a Metro Township and census-designated place in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. Named after Utah’s U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns, it had a population of 35,731 at the 2010 Census. This was a 6.2 percent increase over the 2000 figure of 33,659 – Wikipedia.