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‘I should just jack you,’ gunman said before shooting man in face, police say

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South Salt Lake police investigate a shooting at a Maverik, 3260 S. West Temple, on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SOUTH SALT LAKE — “I should just jack you,” Christopher Lee Barros told another man shortly before shooting him in the face, according to police.

South Salt Lake police announced Tuesday that Barros had been arrested in connection with a shooting in the parking lot of gas station on Dec. 4.

On Dec. 4, just after 6:30 a.m., Barros and two others were inside a Dodge Durango in the parking lot at Maverik, 3260 S. West Temple, when Barros and a man in his late 20s got into a confrontation over an undisclosed issue, according to a police affidavit.

Barros, 33, told the victim he should just “jack” him and then swung his left fist “while holding the gun toward the victim’s head. The gun discharged into the victim’s face, causing severe injuries to his mouth, tongue, teeth and jaw,” the affidavit states.

“The victim may be permanently disfigured as a result of being shot in the face.”

The incident was recorded on the business’ surveillance camera. Both the victim and a person in the vehicle were able to identify Barros to police, the affidavit says. The Durango was found in a trailer park about 200 feet away from Barros’ residence.

Police say Barros is a documented gang member with a “violent gang-related criminal history,” and was on parole for robbery and weapons convictions at the time of his arrest.

Court records show that Barros has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2007, including charges for burglary, aggravated kidnapping and drug-related crimes.

Barros was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Tuesday for investigation of attempted aggravated murder, aggravated robbery causing serious injury, mayhem, discharge of a firearm, possession of a weapon by a restricted person, obstruction of justice, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools.