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Broken car window may have led to Uintah County shootings, charges say

By Aaron Falk The Salt Lake Tribune

Published June 21, 2011 5:18 pm
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A Uintah County shooting that left one person dead and another injured last week may have been fueled by gang tensions and a broken car window, according to charges filed Tuesday in 8th District Court.

Bruce Silva, 23, of Myton, faces a number of felony charges, including aggravated murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Late on June 18, Uintah County sheriff's deputies were called to a house on State Road 121, where James Carey, 25, had been fatally shot and Jared Hurley, 34, suffered gunshot wounds in his arm and chest. Hurley was expected to survive.

According to charges, Silva had been at the home earlier in the night and was upset about a broken window on his car. An argument broke out and Silva said "it would not be cool" if he had to come back, court documents state.

According to witnesses, Silva and a group of men returned later that night. They wore red shirts and carried baseball bats, according to the charges.

As the groups from inside and outside the house met on the porch, Silva pulled out a gun and fired, the charges state.

One man inside the home told police he had once been a member of the Crips gang and knew Silva as "Psycho," a member of the rival Bloods, according to charges.

The man said Silva proclaimed, "This is Bruce's territory" prior to the shooting.

Police are still searching for Silva, who is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall with brown hair and black eyes. He weighs about 170 pounds. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Silva's parents told police that Silva and his girlfriend later dropped off the girlfriend's children and left and "were not coming back," according to the charges.

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