OGDEN, Utah (ABC4) — The Ogden Police Department has arrested a 19-year-old suspect in a Sunday morning shooting that killed one and hospitalized another in critical condition on Sunday morning, Nov. 12.
Ricardo Caballero, 19, was taken into custody and is facing a first-degree felony charge of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony discharge of a firearm charge and a third-degree felony discharge of a firearm charge.
Police say Caballero reportedly called 911 and reported he was driving one victim to the hospital, just after 10:45 a.m. on Sunday. Responding officers found Caballero with his brother at the hospital, noticing his brother had been shot in the pelvic area and was unresponsive.
Caballero told police he and his brother had gone to meet with someone near the 700 block of 30th Street to fight over a disagreement, according to court documents. Caballero reportedly said he began to fear for his life when several other people he wasn’t expecting showed up for the fight.
According to court documents, Caballero admitted to pulling out a 9mm handgun and firing toward two other individuals who were near his brother. As he was shooting, his brother and another person involved reportedly “cried out in pain” as if they had been shot.
When police arrived at where the shooting allegedly took place, they said they found one man dead with “multiple gunshot wounds.” Police also located several 9mm shell casings near the victim’s body.
Authorities claim Caballero admitted to never seeing anyone else carrying any weapons during the altercation and they never made any threats involving a weapon of any kind. Police also said Caballero made “several inconsistent statements” during questioning.
“First, [Caballero stated] he shot towards an individual who was advancing toward him, then stating he actually shot towards the individual as he was trying to run away, then stated he actually only intended on firing ‘warning shots’ to attempt to scare the two individuals away from his brother,” police wrote in a booking affidavit.
The Ogden Police Department’s Major Crimes Bureau responded to the scene and an investigation is still ongoing. While investigators were on scene the 700 block of 30th Street was closed off to traffic.
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