From the Associated Press . . .
One particular person was shot and killed late Saturday in Portland, Oregon, as a big caravan of President Donald Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed within the streets, police stated.
It wasn’t clear if the shooting was linked to fights that broke out as a caravan of about 600 autos was confronted by counter-demonstrators within the metropolis’s downtown.
Police stated the caravan had left the realm round 8:30 p.m., and officers heard gunshots at about 8:46 p.m., based on a statement. Officers arrived on the shooting scene “within a minute,” police stated, however the man who was shot didn’t survive.
This was the deadly shooting that simply happened in Portland, Oregon. It doesn’t look like associated with the continuing Antifa protest. pic.twitter.com/79OrmNuXAx
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 30, 2020
An Associated Press freelance photographer heard three gunshots after which noticed police medics engaged on the physique of the sufferer, who gave the impression to be a white man. The freelancer stated the person was carrying a hat bearing the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a right-wing group whose members have incessantly clashed with protesters in Portland up to now.
Police stated the person was shot within the chest. He was not instantly recognized. It’s unclear who shot him.
Homicide detectives have been on the lookout for extra proof, acknowledging that multiple photos and movies had been posted on social media.
“It is important for detectives get a full and accurate picture of what happened before, during, and after the shooting,” a police statement stated. “If anyone was a witness, has video, or has information about the homicide, they’re asked to contact the primary detectives.”
“This violence is completely unacceptable and we are working diligently to find and apprehend the individual or individuals responsible,” Chief Chuck Lovell stated.
“I am not sad that a f—ing fascist died tonight,” says a girl on the antifa gathering in downtown Portland. The crowd laughs and cheers. The ID of the deceased isn’t confirmed however he’s believed to be a Trump & blue lives supporter. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/XV6471FSuF
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 30, 2020
Portland has been the positioning of nightly protests for greater than three months for the reason that police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Many of them finish in vandalism and violence, and lots of of demonstrators have been arrested by native and federal regulation enforcement since late May.
In the 2 hours following the shooting, protesters gathered downtown and there was sporadic preventing and vandalism, police acknowledged. Some gave speeches in Lownsdale Square Park earlier than the protest petered out. Ten folks have been arrested, police stated.
The caravan had arrived downtown simply as a protest deliberate for Saturday was getting underway. The chaotic scene got here two days after Trump invoked Portland as a liberal metropolis overrun with violence in a speech on the Republican National Convention as a part of his “law and order” re-election marketing campaign theme. The caravan marked the third Saturday in a row that Trump supporters have rallied within the metropolis.
Trump and different loudspeakers eventually week’s conference evoked a violent, dystopian future if Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden wins in November and pointed to Portland as a cautionary story for what could be in retailer for Americans.
The pro-Trump rally’s organizer, who lately coordinated an analogous caravan in Boise, Idaho, stated in a video posted on Twitter Saturday afternoon that attendees ought to solely carry hid weapons and the route was being saved secret for security causes.
The caravan had gathered earlier within the day at a suburban mall and drove as a gaggle to the guts of Portland. As they arrived within the metropolis, protesters tried to cease them by standing on the street and blocking bridges.
Videos from the scene confirmed sporadic preventing, in addition to Trump supporters firing paintball pellets at opponents and utilizing bear spray as counter-protesters threw issues on the Trump caravan.
The Black Lives Matter demonstrations normally goal police buildings and federal buildings. Some protesters have referred to as for reductions in police budgets whereas the town’s mayor and a few within the black neighborhood have decried the violence, saying it’s counterproductive.
Early Saturday morning, fires set outside a police union building that may be a frequent website for protests prompted police to declare a riot.
An accelerant was used to ignite a mattress and different particles that was laid towards the door of the Portland Police Association constructing, police stated in an announcement. At least one dumpster had additionally been set on hearth on the street close by.
The commotion adopted a sit-in within the foyer of the Portland mayor’s condominium constructing Friday night time.