Ogden Police seek suspects, motives in spate of weekend shootings

Officers responded to shots fired in downtown Ogden on Nov. 25. Photo: Special to Gephardt Daily/Steve Strank

OGDEN, Utah, Nov. 27, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — The Ogden Police Department is investigating the city’s third shooting in less than 48 hours, and officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying any suspects.

The recent shootings are something of an anomaly, as the city’s crime rate is down from three years ago and has been trending downward for 10 years, according to police.

Officials say the initial investigations into these recent events indicate the shootings are targeted rather than random.

In a news release Monday, the OPD outlined the three incidents that have residents wondering what’s going on in their city.

The first shooting occurred at 11:44 p.m. Saturday on Historic 25th Street. Police got a call of shots fired in the area of 200 25th St.

When officers arrived, “there were no reported injured victims but several establishments had been externally damaged,” the release states.

“Statements given to police report that one suspect had fired at multiple victims. Suspects have not been apprehended. The victims that left the area have not been located to be interviewed but they appear to be the intended target.”

The second incident took place at 1:46 p.m. Sunday in the area of 769 Canyon Road, near Lorin Farr Park.

“An (18) year old victim was shot at multiple times. A silver passenger vehicle was seen leaving the area on Gramercy Avenue. No suspects have been located at this time. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of the non-life threatening injuries,” the OPD news release says.

The third shooting happened Monday just after 2 a.m. on the 900 block of 16th Street. The 28-year-old victim was shot in the head and was transported to an area hospital. The suspect(s) were last leaving the area at a high rate of speed, according to the release.

Multiple witnesses are being interviewed in each of these cases, police say, and more information is being gathered to confirm what motivated these incidents.

Officials say no victims have come forward to identify potential suspects. It was earlier reported that the victim in at least once incident was not being cooperative with investigators.

Police are encouraging anyone who may have witnessed a shooting, or who has any information, to contact detectives@ogdencity.com or call 801-629-8221.


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