A Salt Lake man has been charged with attempted criminal homicide in connection with the shooting Sunday of a Provo man outside a downtown restaurant.
Mark Deron Harrison, 18, is named in a second-degree felony complaint filed Wednesday in 3rd Circuit Court.He is accused of trying to kill Grant Glover, 22, who was shot in the right eye during an altercation about 2:30 a.m. Sunday outside a restaurant at 177 E. Second South.
Glover, who underwent surgery Monday to have the bullet removed, remained in critical condition Thursday at LDS Hospital.
Though police decline to speculate whether the shooting was gang-related, a witness told the Deseret News that one of the people backing Glover in the fight was heard to say something like, "You don't know who you're messing with. We're the L.A. Crips."
The Crips is a gang, primarily composed of blacks, that originated in Los Angeles. The rival gang is the "Bloods."
The witness to Sunday's shooting told the Deseret News that Harrison is a member of the "Bloods." Harrison and people on his "side" had red dye in their hair, the witness said. Red is the symbolic color of the "Bloods."
Authorities say the "Bloods" and "Crips," whose color is blue, are trying to establish themselves in Utah as they have in about a dozen other Western states.
Harrison and Glover are both black.