LAYTON -- Some residents in east Layton on Friday were out raking leaves, getting their mail and just doing what they do every day.
It was the morning after two men drove at high speed, shooting a .45-caliber handgun multiple times in their neighborhood.
"I was just getting to bed around 11 when I heard what sounded like gunfire," said a man who lives on 2275 East. He declined to give his name.
"There were five rapid shots, in a succession," he said.
The man said he got out of bed, looked out his window to see what was going on and saw a number of police cars on his street.
"I figured they had it under control," he said.
Peggy Morris, who lives on the same street, was just going to sleep when she heard what she thought at first was a car backfiring, at least five times.
"I could hear cars speeding by, but I didn't get up," she said.
The quiet, middle-class neighborhood with many homes decorated for Halloween was where two men were arrested by Layton police.
Police said the two had fired multiple shots with a .45-caliber handgun, not only late Thursday night, but three other nights in the city, all within a mile of the arrest. Christopher James Church, 27, of Layton, and Brandon Benjamin Edgar Brown, 20, of Kaysville, were each booked in the Davis County Jail on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of possession of a firearm by an intoxicated person and one count of discharge of a firearm within the city limits. Both are being held without bail.
Church was also booked on one count of reckless driving and resisting arrest.
Brown was also booked on illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.
"Nobody was hurt, as far as we know," said Police Lt. Shawn Horton. "We even had employees of the police department who live in the area call and report they heard gunshots."
Horton said police do not know the motive for the shootings.
Multiple 911 calls of shots being fired in the area of 1062 E. 2525 North, Layton, began coming in at 10:45 p.m., Horton said. Many of the callers told police they heard a vehicle speed away.
"Fifteen minutes later, a witness called 911 and reported suspects were shooting at a vehicle that was in front of him in the area of Antelope and Sunset Drive," Horton said.
More callers gave dispatchers descriptions of the vehicles and police made a "high-risk stop" at 2350 N. 2275 East of a Ford Explorer, which was registered to Church. Brown, Church and a 17-year-old girl were taken out of the car. Church refused to follow the police officer's commands and was taken to the ground before he was handcuffed, Horton said.
The girl had nothing to do with the shootings and "was in fear of her life because of Church's reckless driving," Horton said.
Two 17-year-old boys drove to Layton Police Department and reported they had encountered Brown and Church earlier in the evening on the east end of Antelope Drive while all of them were driving off-road in the area, Horton said.
When the teenagers drove away about 10:45 p.m. they told police Brown and Church followed them in a Ford Explorer. They also heard shots coming from the Explorer and "believed they were being pursued and shot at by someone" in the Explorer, Horton said.
From the investigation that followed, police believe Church and Brown have shot a gun from their vehicle on at least three previous occasions in Layton, Horton said. Shots-fired calls were made on Oct. 18, Tuesday and Wednesday, all within a mile of Thursday's shooting.
Investigators collected "numerous shell casings" throughout the city, Horton said.
Anyone who finds shell casings should call police at 801-497-8300.
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