Gunshots reported as protesters clash in downtown Portland
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.
At least two gunshots fired today in downtown Portland, per KOIN's @BobbyShootsNews— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) August 15, 2020
Moments earlier, pepper spray and paint balls guns were used during a clash between two groups in downtown today. https://t.co/udVjgQwWFW
"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."
The sound of 2 gunshots rang out at this parking garage on SW3rd & Taylor st. Multiple Witnesses say they heard the gunshots. Not confirmed yet but a bystander said they were warning shots so they could get away from the counter protestors that had been pepper sprayed&paintballed pic.twitter.com/NHDR3vFpGv— Robby Sherman (@BobbyShootsNews) August 15, 2020
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.
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