One individual was shot and killed late Saturday in Portland, Oregon, as a big caravan of Donald Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed in the streets, police mentioned.
It wasn’t clear if the shooting was linked to fights that broke out as a caravan of about 600 autos was confronted by protesters in town’s downtown.
An Associated Press freelance photographer heard three gunshots after which noticed police medics engaged on the physique of the sufferer, who seemed to be a white man.
“Portland police officers heard sounds of gunfire from the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Southwest Alder Street,” Portland police mentioned in a press release.
“They responded and located a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Medical responded and determined that the victim was deceased.”
Portland has been the site of nightly protests for greater than three months for the reason that police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Hundreds have been arrested by native and federal regulation enforcement and, earlier than the shooting, police made a number of arrests Saturday and suggested residents to keep away from downtown.
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 in town.
The caravan of Trump supporters had gathered earlier in the day at a close-by mall and drove as a gaggle to the center of Portland. As they arrived in town, protesters tried to cease them by standing in the road and blocking bridges.
Videos from the scene confirmed sporadic preventing, as effectively as Trump supporters firing paintball pellets at opponents and utilizing bear spray as counter-protesters threw issues on the Trump caravan.
“There have been some instances of violence between demonstrators and counter-demonstrators,” Portland police mentioned by way of Twitter. “Officers have intervened and in some cases made arrests.”
The Black Lives Matter demonstrations normally goal police buildings and federal buildings. Some protesters have known as for reductions in police budgets whereas town’s mayor and a few in the Black neighborhood have decried the violence, saying it’s counterproductive.
Early Saturday morning, fires set exterior a police union constructing that could be a frequent web site for protests prompted police to declare a riot.
An accelerant was used to ignite a mattress and different particles that was laid in opposition to the door of the Portland Police Association constructing, police mentioned in a press release. At least one dumpster had additionally been set on fireplace in the road close by.
The commotion adopted a sit-in in the foyer of the Portland mayor’s condominium constructing Friday evening.