Man shot and killed at Portland protest
One person was shot and killed in downtown Portland amid clashes between supporters of President Donald Trump and counter-protesters on Saturday night during a Trump 2020 Cruise Rally that started earlier in the afternoon.
The name of the victim was not immediately released. No suspect information was available. Police did not immediately say whether the shooting was related to the protests.
According to images posted by Getty photographer Nathan Howard, as well as reports by New York Times journalist Mike Baker, the man who died at the scene was a white man wearing cargo shorts, gloves, leg-strap saddle bags and a hat with the logo of Patriot Prayer, a local conservative group led by activist Joey Gibson.
Earlier in the day, at 4 p.m., a Tribune reporter spoke with Chandler Pappas and an associate who declined to give a name. Both men were wearing Patriot Prayer hats, and the associate had clothing and gear that appeared to match those worn by the corpse.
The associate began speaking to the reporter before being cut off by Pappas.
KOIN 6 News witnessed two men yelling and having an altercation near Southwest Third Avenue and Alder Street, and then heard shots fired around 8:45 p.m. A wounded man was seen on the ground.
Police confirmed just before 9:30 p.m. that the victim had died and a homicide investigation was underway.
I am now looking very closely at this photo I took at the beginning of the Trump rally in Portland.— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) August 30, 2020
Both men were wearing Patriot Prayer hats. The man who did not want to be interviewed was wearing shorts with leg strap bags https://t.co/7g4PJRA75P
"It is still early in this investigation, and I ask everyone to give the detectives time to do their important work before drawing conclusions about what took place," said Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell. "If anyone can provide information about this case, I ask them to please reach out to our detectives. This violence is completely unacceptable and we are working diligently to find and apprehend the individual or individuals responsible."
Traffic was heavily impacted in parts of downtown Portland as a result of the event and demonstrations against it, according to police. People are being asked to avoid the area. It was not immediately clear how many arrests were made.
Hundreds of people had gathered in the Clackamas Town Center parking lot by 4 p.m. Aug. 29, flags waving from the back of their pickup trucks. Counter-protesters faced off with Trump supporters there, and someone used pepper spray at one point, according to Baker of the New York Times.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office tweeted that people should expect traffic delays and avoid the area if possible.
Many demonstrators said they were fired up after the Republican National Convention and wanted to come out and provide a counterpoint to the other protests that have been happening in Portland for the past three months.
"I've been fortunate to live through and vote in several elections," Mark Claiborne said. "I can't remember a time where the difference between the two ideologies and platforms were so diametrically opposed."
The crowd soon grew to the low thousands. Around 5:30 p.m., members of the group started the cruise the streets, making their way toward Portland. Video shot by Tribune Reporter Zane Sparling at Clackamas Town Center, and by Tribune Photographer Jonathan House along the route, show tension and anger on both sides.
The caravan route was not announced ahead of time, but hundreds of cars and trucks streamed across the Morrison Bridge into downtown Portland.
Organizer Alex Kyzik posted a video on Facebook ahead of the rally asking people to not open-carry weapons at the event, citing "security reasons."
"This event is concealed-carry only," he said in the video.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Their story with video is here. Pamplin Media contributed reporting.
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