Violence erupted in downtown Portland, Oregon, on Saturday evening, Aug. 29, leaving one man dead in the aftermath of a clash between Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters.
More than 1,000 pro-Trump supporters took part in a Trump 2020 Cruise Rally in Portland in Clackamas County, with many of the cars flying Trump flags, and the caravan of around 600 vehicles then headed into downtown Portland. Protesters lined the pavements and attempted to stop the cars heading across the Morrison Bridge, reports OregonLive, with police making arrests after a fight broke out between the two sides.
The organizer of the pro-Trump rally, Alex Kyzik posted on Facebook a notification that it was not safe in Portland, and for supporters to please leave.
“Please leave Portland downtown/We have some protesters there so we kindly ask everyone to avoid Portland downtown./God bless you.”
At around 8.45 pm, an Associated Press freelance photographer heard three gunshots and then saw police medics working on someone who appeared to be a white man wearing a cap with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a right-wing group often involved in standoffs with protesters in Portland, reported BegaDistrictNews.
The shooting occurred after most of the convoy of cars had left downtown Portland. This was the third Saturday in a row that Trump supporters have rallied in Portland.
“Portland Police officers heard sounds of gunfire from the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Southwest Alder Street. They responded and located a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Medical responded and determined that the victim was deceased,” the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement. No additional details of the shooting had been disclosed on Saturday night.
Portland Police tell us they are in the early stages of a homicide investigation at SW 3rd and Alder. Officers tell us one person is dead after a shooting. They expect to release more information from here. pic.twitter.com/PiW71rZDJY
— Megan Allison (@mallisonKATU) August 30, 2020
Portland has endured over 90 nights of violence and looting, since the death of black man George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis. Businesses have begun fleeing Portland due to the escalation in violence.