SHOCK VIDEO: BLM Rioters Blocking Traffic Surround SUV And Shoot Driver Trying to Escape [UPDATED]

Chris Menahan
Jun. 30, 2020

Shocking video out of Provo, Utah shows a group of Black Lives Matter rioters blocking traffic and shooting two gun shots at an elderly man slowly attempting to drive out of harm's way through the violent mob.

KSL-TV caught video of the gunman which was also shared on YouTube by Deseret News:

Police reported Tuesday afternoon that the victim, a man in his 60s, was hospitalized with a gunshot wound. His injuries are allegedly non life-threatening.

The Provo Police Department released the following statement [Emphasis added]:
Provo City Police were made aware of a planned Police Rally and a Counter protest scheduled for last night. Both events coincided without incident until 8:38 pm when a call was received regarding possible gun shots and a hit and run. Shortly thereafter, we received another call regarding a shooting victim at Utah Valley Hospital.

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 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. This same protestor later approached another vehicle at 500 North and University Avenue striking and breaking the window with the handgun.

We are grateful for the photos and videos we’ve received and we are following all leads. If anyone has video or photos of the incident at Center Street and University Avenue, please contact Detective Patterson at [email protected]
Another man can also be seen aiming a gun at the driver as he fled from the shots.

One rioter, who can be seen on video throwing herself in front of the man's SUV as he was fleeing with for his life with a gunshot wound, said she was struck.

Videos shared on social media show the rioters attacked multiple drivers throughout the day:

Rioters in Salt Lake City last month were seen attacking people in the streets and flipping over police cars and setting them on fire.

Roads are made for cars. Rioters blocking traffic are endangering the lives of innocent people who may be suffering from medical emergencies. They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law but instead rioters in leftist cities are being let go without any charges while the people who defend themselves are being prosecuted and treated like criminals.

UPDATE: The alleged shooter, 33-year-old Jesse Taggart, has been arrested and hit with a host of charges including attempted aggravated murder.

[This article was updated at 9:13 PM EST on Tuesday to reflect police confirming the driver was shot and hospitalized with a real handgun. Initial media reports referred to the shooting as "possible" gun fire.]

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