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Clues in fatal Ogden gang shooting coming together, detectives say

Detectives believe they have pieced together information in the fatal gang shooting that killed a 17-year-old last Saturday morning.

Mathew Mendoza was shot at 12:30 a.m. Saturday in front of the old Ogden School District building."There was an altercation between two separate gang members," said Lt. Richard Peterson of the city's third slaying of the year. "We know what happened."

Peterson said the bullet grazed Mendoza's left arm before entering his chest near his heart. The shooting wasn't a drive-by, but Peterson declined to divulge further details, fearing it would hamper the investigation.

"We believe we now have the scenario down, and we have some more witnesses to talk to," he said.

Mendoza's neighbors said they saw police officers in the area early Saturday but knew little of the killing or the victim.