OGDEN -- Police believe drive-by shootings at an Ogden home Tuesday night and Wednesday morning may be related to a violent power struggle within a street gang over control of leadership, drugs and money.
Ogden Police Lt. Scott Conley declined to identify the gang, but said members are not affiliated with the Ogden Trece.
On Monday, 2nd District Judge Ernie Jones issued a permanent injunction against Trece members, banning them from associating with each other in public and being in the presence of guns, drugs and alcohol. The injunction also places Treces under an 11 p.m. curfew.
The drive-by shootings at a home in the 500 block of 28th Street are signs of in-fighting among members of a local gang who are attempting to resolve their differences through escalating violence, Conley said.
"They are in the same gang and are arguing back and forth," he said, noting police have gathered intelligence on the dispute. "We are taking enforcement action to eradicate the problem or get the individuals involved incarcerated."
Six to eight gang members are believed to be involved in the dispute.
Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, four rounds from a 9 mm handgun were fired into the house on 28th Street, according to police. A dark-colored sport utility vehicle was seen leaving the scene, police said.
Sometime before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, someone returned to the house and fired two more 9 mm rounds into the house. No one was hurt in any of the shootings, and no arrests had been made as of Wednesday night.
Police are attempting to determine why the house was singled out and believe the shootings may be tied to the dispute within the gang, Conley said.
"Police are working to ensure the safety of residents (in the neighborhood where the shooting occurred)," he said.
A woman, who declined to give her name and lives in the neighborhood where the drive-by shootings occurred, told a Standard-Examiner reporter Wednesday, she is worried for the safety of her two sons.
"I thought they may shoot our house," the woman, who speaks Spanish, said through a son, who served as an interpreter.
Turmoil within the gang is also believed to be connected to an apparent shooting incident and auto accident that occurred the morning of Aug. 16 at the corner of 3300 South and 1500 West, said Conley.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found a gold 2005 Chevy Malibu wrecked at the curbside, with the driver standing by the car.
The driver, Steven Rivera, 21, had minor injuries consistent with a car accident, but officers found four bullet holes on the passenger side of the car along with one bullet hole in the passenger side headrest.
Officers arrested Rivera and he was charged with several traffic violations and a parole violation. Rivera denied knowing anything about the bullet holes in his car, police said.
Conley said anyone with information about the gang dispute or other gang-related activity should call police at 801-395-8221.