KEARNS — A West Valley man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a Feb. 9 shooting in Kearns.

Billy Lee Rohwedder, 33, was charged in 3rd District Court Thursday with attempted murder.

Unified police responded to a report of a shooting at 4520 W. 4865 South on Feb. 9 and found a man lying in the middle of the road with a gunshot wound to his head. Broken glass was on the road around the victim, and an expended shell casing was also located nearby.

The gunshot appeared to have entered the right side of the unidentified victim's head and exited the left, the charges state. Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal declined to release the name of the victim because of unspecified safety concerns.

The victim remained hospitalized Thursday, he said.

Approximately six blocks away, officers noticed a vehicle parked on the wrong side of the road. Police said the window on the driver's side door was broken and a large amount of blood was discovered inside.

The victim told police his last memory before being shot was driving with Rohwedder, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, and said no one else was in the vehicle with them, the charges state.

Rohwedder was charged Thursday with attempted murder, a first-degree felony; discharge of a firearm with serious bodily injury, a first-degree felony; obstructing justice, a third-degree felony; and purchase, transfer, possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.

Rohwedder was convicted of assault by a prisoner in November of 1995, according to the charges.

Hunter Schwarz