PORTLAND, Ore. — A person was shot and killed Saturday as a big group of supporters of President Trump traveled in a caravan by downtown Portland, Ore., which has seen nightly protests for three consecutive months.
The pro-Trump rally drew tons of of vehicles filled with supporters into the town. At occasions, Trump supporters and counterprotesters clashed on the streets, with folks capturing paintball weapons from the beds of pickup vehicles and protesters throwing objects again at them.
A video that purports to be of the capturing, taken from the far aspect of the road, confirmed a small group of individuals in the street exterior what seems to be a parking storage. Gunfire erupts, and a person collapses in the road.
The man who was shot and killed was sporting a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group based mostly in Portland that has clashed with protesters in the previous.
The Portland Police Bureau mentioned that officers heard experiences of gunfire shortly earlier than 9 p.m. and located a sufferer with a gunshot wound to the chest. It was decided that the sufferer had died. They didn’t launch any details about a doable gunman.
At the scene, cops blocked off the street and medics attended to an individual who appeared to have a chest wound.
Portland has seen nightly demonstrations since the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May. In latest days, right-wing demonstrations have additionally sprung up in the town, and Mr. Trump has repeatedly highlighted the unrest in Portland as proof of the necessity for a more durable law-and-order response to the chaotic protests over police violence and racial injustice which have swept by many American cities.
The Trump supporters gathered earlier Saturday in the suburbs and plotted a route for the a number of hundred automobiles concerned in the occasion that might have stored them on the highways exterior the town heart. But among the ralliers headed straight downtown, the place counterprotesters confronted among the automobiles. Some of the conflicts led to fistfights. In one encounter, a automobile ran over a motorbike.
While protests in Portland have persevered, their numbers have modified over time. The nightly occasions started with mass demonstrations after Mr. Floyd’s dying, then shrank to smaller numbers of people that repeatedly clashed with the police. In July, when the federal authorities despatched camouflaged brokers into the town, the protest numbers grew dramatically as soon as once more.
In more moderen days, the protest crowd has sometimes numbered just some hundred folks. On Friday, after a peaceable demonstration in entrance of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s residence, a crowd went out to a police affiliation constructing, the place among the protesters set fireplace to the entrance of the constructing earlier than the police dispersed the gang.
The police have made dozens of arrests in latest days as they’ve chased protesters by the streets, at occasions knocking them to the bottom.
Mr. Trump has repeatedly centered on the unrest in Portland, together with through the Republican National Convention final week, difficult the town’s leaders to finish the chaos. Mr. Trump mentioned in a tweet on Friday that the federal authorities would go into the town if the mayor have been unable to keep up management.
Mr. Wheeler has requested Mr. Trump to remain away, saying the sooner federal presence had made issues worse.