W.V. drive-by shooting may be gang related

Published: Monday, Sept. 20 2004 12:00 a.m. MDT

A 17-year-old West Valley boy was shot but not critically wounded in a drive-by shooting Saturday.

The boy was a passenger in a car headed north on 4000 West at the intersection of 3390 South when the shooting occurred at about 5 p.m., West Valley City Police Sgt. Julia Jorgensen said.

A silver or gray car reportedly pulled up next to the car the boy was in, and the driver allegedly opened fire, Jorgensen said. Police believe four shots were fired, but the boy suffered only one gunshot wound to his right hip area, she said.

Police are unsure about a motive in the shooting but believe some of those involved may have ties to local gangs. They have not identified the suspect but do have some descriptive information about the alleged shooter, she said.

The name of the victim was not released because he is a juvenile.

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