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Shooting Victim Allegedly Targeted for Wearing Red

Shooting Victim Allegedly Targeted for Wearing Red

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Amanda Butterfield ReportingA middle school student's life is threatened for wearing her school colors. We first told you about a gang-related shooting over the weekend. Tonight Amanda Butterfield found the shooter apparently targeted the victim simply because she was wearing red.

During spirit week students are encouraged to wear their school colors to show their school spirit, but the colors of this middle school are also the colors of a violent gang.

It's what all the kids are talking about at Eisenhower Middle School.

Student: "She was one of my friends."

One of their classmates, wearing the school colors for spirit week, was shot at by gang members.

Student: "I guess that there were some kids wearing red over at the mall and some girl got shot, and she had surgery a few days ago."

Capt. T. Mclachlen, West Valley City Police Dept.: "Unfortunately those colors are associated with local gang members."

It happened Friday night. The 15-year-old girl was at a movie at the Valley Fair Mall with friends, all dressed in red. There was some kind of confrontation in the theater, and as the girl and her friends were leaving, people in two cars flashed gang signs at them and opened fire, hitting the girl in the elbow.

The teenager told police she thinks she was targeted because she was wearing her school color, red.

Captain T Mclachlen: "It's a pretty sad state of affairs because of the clothing you are wearing you run the risk of being shot at."

It's mistaken identity among gangs and police say it happens more than you think. The worst case involved high schooler Bethany Hyde back in 1998. She was in a car that gang members thought was a rival. They opened fire, hitting and killing Bethany.

And Just like Bethany, the victim of last Friday's shooting was not in a gang. The Eisenhower Middle School student is recovering.

The shooting has taught her classmates a lesson they wouldn't have learned in the classroom.

Student: "You don't go to the mall wearing red in a big group because people will get all offended."

West Valley Police are still looking for the shooters.

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