What Happened in Portland?
One person was shot dead in downtown Portland on Saturday night after an evening of violent clashes between Trump supporters and protesters denouncing police brutality.
Police did not release details of the victim, who said she was shot in the chest around 8:46 p.m. Saturday near Southwest Third Avenue and Southwest Alder Street. Police said earlier that the shooting took place near southeast of Third Avenue.
Authorities also did not provide suspicious information and are asking anyone who saw the incident or has live video of the shooting to contact investigators.
Justin Dunlap, who witnessed the shooting and captured part of it on his Facebook Live show, said he had “not heard much before that.”
“I heard a howl for three seconds and saw a man spray the bear’s scepter,” Dunlap told CNN. “The victim sprayed a sledgehammer and shot it directly at the other man.”
CNN has not confirmed whether the victim was the one who pulverized the mace.
For more than 90 consecutive nights, protesters in Portland have spoken out against police brutality and racial injustice. The protests were sparked by the murder of George Floyd in May and gained momentum after Jacob Blake’s shooting last weekend in Wisconsin.
Justin Dunlap, a freelance reporter who was on the ground in Portland on Saturday, told NBC News that “the Trump car convoy was causing trouble” and that he had heard reports that they were sprinkling pepper. He said the scene was “very heavy”.
Portland Police described the convoy as a “political rally” and confirmed reports of clashes between Trump supporters and opponents. “The police intervened and in some cases were arrested,” city police wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
In the end, the day ended with gunfire and one person died.
Dunlap said he saw the victim facing two people when he heard the shots. He did not see the pistol firing due to the mass spraying at the same time, and it is still unclear if and how the shooting was linked to the protests.
“He took a few steps and then fell on his face,” said Dunlap, 44, adding that the two people in front of him fled from the scene.
An image from the scene released by Getty Images shows the man wearing a Patriot prayer hat, which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a far-right organization. The group previously met in Portland.
In a Sunday afternoon press conference, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called for an end to the clashes.
reported by cnn