At least three people suffered nonlife-threatening injuries during a drive-by shooting at a West Valley apartment complex early this morning.

About 3:15 a.m., a white car with one headlight burned out pulled next to a group of people standing outside an apartment near 4400 South and 3900 West, said West Valley police Lt. Bill Merritt.

Following an exchange of words, two people from inside the car fired a shotgun and a .22-caliber handgun at the group. Merritt did not know Wednesday how many shots were fired.

The shotgun was filled with bird shot. A 17-year-old female was hit with pellets in the face and shoulder, Merritt said. She was taken to the hospital and needed surgery to remove some of the bird shot, but otherwise will be OK.

A 14-year-old boy was hit in the knee with the bird shot. And the pellets somehow found their way into the apartment where another adult woman was grazed, Merritt said. It was unclear Wednesday if the .22-caliber handgun hit anything.

Detectives did not know this morning how many people were in the vehicle.

Investigators believe the shooting may be gang-related. There was a drive-by shooting in the same area just the night before, Merritt said. No one was injured in that incident. Police were looking Wednesday to see if the incidents were related.

There is a significant criminal history at the apartment complex, Merritt said. But he did not know if the same people whom police were called to deal with in prior incidents still lived there or if the victims in this morning's incident were new.


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