The Black Lives Matter protests in Provo, Utah was peaceful until a group of pro-police protesters showed up as a counter-protest.
According to KJZZ, a Twitter video showed a white SUV stopped by protesters at an intersection. It was then that at least one shot was fired.
“A large group of people were gathered along Center Street to protest police brutality when another group protesting for police showed up in the area,” said KJZZ.
“Officials said a driver in his 60s was shot and taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery. He has non-life-threatening injuries, according to police,” the report said.
“Numerous citizens and protestors provided video footage. A white SUV was driving south on University Avenue before pulling into the right turn lane in an attempt to turn onto Center Street. Several protestors began crowding around the vehicle. A male protestor ran to the SUV on the passenger side, pointed a handgun at driver and shot one round through the window,” the Provo Police Department said in a statement.
“The driver, who was struck by the bullet, hit the gas trying to leave the situation. The same protestor ran after the vehicle and shot a second round that went through the rear passenger window. The video then shows that the protestor conceals the firearm and continues to protest.”
Some anti-government groups have attempted to infiltrate the BLM movement to stoke violence and start a race war. It’s unknown if that was the case with the Provo shooting.
“There is a minimal presence of Antifa, but a far more disturbing presence of right-wing race-based hate groups, such as the Boogaloo Boys who think there will be a race-based civil war coming,” said former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi during an MSNBC appearance.
“We’re seeing components of legitimate frustrated protesters responding to Mr. Floyd’s demise and others,” he also said. “Then we are seeing people who are exploiting this for their own purposes, and some of them are more than just opportunistic criminals. Some of them are organized, and some of them have diverse agendas but are coming together to wreak havoc. And I think what we need to pay attention to here is what we have evidence of, what we don’t have evidence of, and what we’re hearing from the White House and the attorney general.”
While some protests have started turning over agitators to police, not all have adopted the policy.
Police are investigating the incident in Provo.
See the video below:
Video shows vehicle being surrounded by #BlackLivesMatter rioters in Provo Utah and shows protester/rioters shoot into the car multiple times as driver attempts to escape #DezNat pic.twitter.com/GYuWDiXm2o
— H O S S DezNat News Man (@NiasDiad) June 30, 2020