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Eagle Mountain targets shooters

EAGLE MOUNTAIN (AP) — The bullets are flying in Eagle Mountain as if it were still a rural area — but it isn't.

The community has grown from 2,000 to 11,000 residents in five years, and the target practice is both illegal and dangerous.

"No one should be shooting inside the city limits," said Tiffany Ulmer, Neighborhood Watch coordinator for Eagle Mountain. "I am concerned, especially as the city grows. People don't realize that if a bullet doesn't hit its target, it is still going to fly until it hits something.

"Someone could get shot. We don't want anyone to get hurt."

Residents are not the only ones concerned — so is the National Guard.

Col. Scott Olson of Camp Williams recently spoke at an Eagle Mountain City Council meeting, bringing with him two signs reading "Danger: Military Reservation, No Trespassing, No Hunting."

Both signs had been so shot full of holes they could hardly be read, and both had been up for only about a month, replacing signs that also had been riddled by gunfire.

"You can see from the size of the holes that these are potentially high-caliber weapons being discharged," he said. "These are being discharged within the city limits."

Soldiers training at Camp Williams are at risk of being wounded or killed by stray bullets being shot onto the military reservation, he said.

"There is no way to know when we are training," he said. "We train effectively 24 hours a day. We are asking for awareness, and for the help of residents. If people see someone shooting, if they could get a license plate number and call police, that would be helpful."

Neighborhood Watch participants have a hard time finding any suspects to report, Ulmer said. Although gunshots are heard often, police have little to go on without a license plate.

"We call the police all the time for people setting up their own little shooting ranges," she said. "There are no witnesses because we just hear gunfire."

The problem would perhaps be solved if there were a designated shooting range nearby, she said.

Education is another issue because many people are not sure exactly where the city limits end and begin. Neighborhood Watch likely will launch a campaign in the spring to let residents know where they can and cannot shoot.