An angry Los Angeles Lakersí fan on Thursday night opened fire on a Jazz fan with a can of pepper spray outside Energy Solutions Arena.
Salt Lake City police Detective Josh Ashdown said a pair of Utah Jazz fans were attending the basketball game Wednesday night when they started trash talking with a pair of Lakers fans.
The discussion escalated and the Lakers fans challenged the Jazz fans to a fight, which they declined, Ashdown said.
Security threw the two Lakersí fans out of the game, but they apparently decided to stick around to continue the confrontation with the Jazz fans, he said.
The Lakersí fans spotted the Jazz fans standing on the corner of 100 South and 400 West and started trash talking again.
At that point, one of the Lakersí fans pulled out pepper spray fogger and let loose with it, police said.
Ashdown said instead of a concentrated spray, the fogger expels a big mist of spray very much like a fire extinguisher.
Police said they were searching for a Latino in his early 30s who was wearing a Lakers jersey.
Heís about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. The man has medium length brown hair and was in a Dodge Charger.
The Jazz won 95-86.