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Police: Man shot while driving through protest in Provo; person of interest in custody

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A citywide manhunt took place in Provo on Monday night after a shooting left one person in the hospital. (Photo: Screengrab from video courtesy of The Weekly Hoss / @NiasDiad via Twitter)

A citywide manhunt took place in Provo on Monday night after a shooting left one person in the hospital.

Provo police told 2News the shooting is possibly connected to a protest taking place around the same time.

UPDATE (June 30, 8:19 p.m.) — Police are questioning a person of interest who may be connected to the shooting. They were taken into custody in Salt Lake City, and Provo Police are reviewing information to determine whether they are a suspect, said Sgt. Nisha King. King promised to post updates on social media if the suspected shooter is identified.

(Original report continues) — 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.

A video being shared online showed a white SUV stopped by protesters at a intersection, then at least one shot being fired.

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.

UPDATE: (June 30, 12:48 a.m. ) — Police say the man driving a white SUV was pulling into the right turn lane in an attempt to turn onto Center Street when several protesters began crowding the vehicle.

Police said a male protester ran to the passenger side of the SUV, pointed a handgun at the driver and shot one round through the window. The driver was struck by the bullet and fled the scene.

The gunman shot a second round that went through the rear passenger window, according to video obtained by police.

The same protester later approached another vehicle at 500 N. University Avenue and broke the window with the handgun, police stated in a Facebook post.

As of early Tuesday, police had not located the suspect.

Provo Police said witnesses can contact them at 801-852-6210 or send photos or videos of the incident to npatterson@provo.org.

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