PROVO, Utah (AP) — Protesters from two opposing groups gathered in Provo on Wednesday after an SUV driver was shot while driving through protesters earlier in the week.
A video of the incident captured by KSL-TV shows a man fire a shot at the driver from the passenger side of the car as the driver began slowly accelerating through protesters who were pushing the car. The man fired a second shot at the back of the car as it sped away, police said.
The driver, in his 60s, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and shrapnel wounds to his eye and stomach, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. He drove himself to Utah Valley Hospital.
Two people were charged, police said, adding that investigators are still trying to determine what led up to the shooting.
That incident led to the protest and counter-protest on Wednesday.
“We’re not here to escalate, we’re not here to intimidate, we are just simply here to let it be known that you can’t just destroy, wantonly, America. No more,” Les Harward told KUTV-TV. Harward traveled from Delta to be a part of the counter-protest.
The march Wednesday was organized by Insurgence USA, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Northern Utah Black Lives Matter and Salt Lake City Antifascist Coalition, according to an event post on Facebook.
“After seeing the violence yesterday, or the day before yesterday, and everything that transpired that day, it came to my realization that this place needed it the most. Because nowhere in Salt Lake City have I seen that just blatant hatred people trying to run people over. Just disrespectful,” said John Sullivan, an organizer with Insurgence USA.
Up to 300 people participated in the protests, with about two-thirds supported racial equity and Black Lives Matter, authorities said.