A woman police say was at the wheel during a drive-by shooting in a Wal-Mart parking lot was arrested late Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, the search for the self-proclaimed leader of a local gang, and the man investigators say pulled the trigger in the shooting, continued Thursday.
Steven Ray Villiard, 19, and Amber Janine Cramer, 19, were recently charged in 3rd District Court with attempted murder, a second-degree felony.
On May 17, police say Cramer was driving in a Wal-Mart parking lot in West Jordan and came up on another vehicle. As she did, "Steven Ray Villiard pointed a silver revolver handgun out the backseat window and began shooting," according to documents filed in court.
Two rounds struck the victim's vehicle and a third struck another vehicle nearby.
The victim, who was not injured, recognized both Cramer and Villiard. Villiard had sent text messages recently to one of the victim's friends saying he'd "better watch his back," according to court documents.
Villiard is the self-proclaimed leader of a gang of mostly young, white men from West Jordan.
"Most of these kids grew up together in West Jordan," said Aaron Daley, with the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit. "They're an active gang."
Investigators say the group is also a violent gang, with many of its members being suspects in various aggravated assaults, robberies and drug-related cases.
Villiard has three felony cases pending, two of which involve violence, according to court records.
Three other members of the gang were arrested recently in the attempted stabbing of a convenience store clerk in Sandy. The men arrested in that incident were 17, 18 and 19 years old.
Members of the gang unit were checking known addresses of the suspects Wednesdays night. While driving past the West Jordan house of Cramer's boyfriend, who is not Villiard, Cramer was spotted sitting on the front porch and arrested without incident. Cramer, who is seven months pregnant, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.
As for Villiard, investigators continued to seek leads Friday. Daley believed he was still in the area.Anyone with information on the man named Public Enemy No. 1 by the Metro Gang Unit can call the sheriff's office at 743-7000.
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