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KOIN 6 News reports that two clear gunshots were heard during a demonstration in downtown Portland on Saturday, Aug. 15.

SCREENSHOT  - A protester displays a shell casing used during a protest in dowtown Portland on Aug. 15. Two "clear gunshots" were heard and a shell casing was recovered during a clash between left- and right-wing protesters in downtown Portland on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The Tribune's news partner, KOIN 6 News, reported hearing the gunshots, as did many protesters on the scene.

Earlier during the clash, footage from the scene showed people using pepper spray and firing paintball guns. KOIN photographer Robby Sherman said the right-wing protesters used pepper spray and fired the paintball guns about an hour and a half after the protest began — so roughly 1:30 p.m.

The right-wing protesters then fled into a parking garage. An eyewitness told KOIN someone threw a glass bottle at a car leaving the facility, leading to the gunfire.



COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN NEWS 6 - A man with a banjo said he was nearly hit by two shots fired from a gun in a downtown Portland parking garage on Saturday, Aug. 15. "He came out of the parking garage," one man with a banjo told KOIN 6 News. "He fired two shots almost directly at me."

"The police are still not here, two live rounds, and the police have still not shown up," another man told KOIN. "We are three blocks away from the police station. That just dumbfounds me."



Protesters showed KOIN at least one shell casing, apparently from a 9 mm handgun. Both groups were each composed of no more than 30 people, according to KOIN.

KOIN's story with video is here.


Zane Sparling
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