OGDEN — Apparently errant gun use by target shooters on Saturday left two homes in western Weber County and an occupied vehicle with bullet holes.
No one was injured, but Lt. Cortney Ryan of the Weber County Sheriff's Office said the turn of events led to some tense moments.
"Really kind of a dangerous situation for everyone out there," he said. "They were target shooting, but in a reckless, irresponsible manner."
Authorities received a report at around 5:15 p.m. Saturday of shots fired in rural western Weber County near the West Weber Cemetery, located on 1000 North, just east of 4700 West. On approaching the area of the report, sheriff's deputies ended up finding themselves in the line of fire.
"The deputies actually had to take cover behind some logs," Ryan said, uncertain if they were being deliberately targeted. The officers called out and eventually made contact with the group firing weapons, located about a mile east of the cemetery.
Turns out "several" people were target shooting from private property using high-powered rifles, Ryan said, and as of Saturday evening, authorities were still on the scene, investigating. A woman was sitting in the vehicle at the cemetery that was struck — in the hood — and Ryan noted that being Memorial Day weekend, more and more people may be going to cemeteries on Sunday and Monday.
"Put a lot of lives in danger," he said. "Obviously a lot of concerned citizens out there."
A 14-year-old North Ogden teen, Zackary Kempke, was shot and killed by a stray bullet fired by a target shooter last September. He was traveling in a car with his family in a remote area of the Monte Cristo Range in Rich County and the woman who fired the weapon pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor.
Huntsville Mayor Jim Truett is pressing for a ban on the use of high-powered rifles around Pineview Reservoir in the Ogden Valley, worried about an accidental shooting with the growing population there and the area's popularity among hunters and recreational gun users.