Another death has been recently reported after a clash between protesters and alleged Trump supporters in Portland on Saturday evening.
Portland shooting: What happened?
Per CNN, a person was shot to the chest around 8:46 p.m. on Saturday. The incident happened near Southwest Third Avenue and Southwest Alder Street.
According to the witness, Justin Dunlap, “I heard like three seconds of yelling and saw a guy spray bear mace. The victim sprayed mace and launched it right into the other guy.”
The news outlet notes that the victim identified by Dunlap was the one who sprayed the mace. News outlets later on identified the man as Aaron Danielson, who also goes by the name “Jay Bishop.”
Exclusive: The victim of last night's deadly shooting in downtown Portland is Aaron Danielson, who went by Jay. His family has been informed of his death.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 30, 2020
Per The Sun, Jay was photographed “wearing a Patriot Prayer cap and a Blue Lives Matter patch on his pants.” For those who are not aware, “Blue Lives Matter” is a countermovement to the Black Lives Matter, per a separate report from the same outlet.
There was a pro-Trump caravan
According to police reports, the clash ignited when a political rally was “caravanning” throughout the downtown area of Portland. CNN further noted that the traffic coincided with the “Trump 2020 Cruise Rally in Portland.”
A long line of vehicles coming over the Morrison Bridge. This is the Trump 2020 Cruise Rally that started in Clackamas. pic.twitter.com/p8eV6x7vj3
— Robby Sherman (@BobbyShootsNews) August 30, 2020
Police were reportedly trying to keep the caravan out of the downtown area, but somehow, a few were able to slip through. Originally, the demonstrators gathered at a parking lot of Clackamas Town Center.
The news outlet describes an encounter where the Trump supporters are riding on the beds of the trucks “releasing some form of spray.”
The New York Times further describes that the pro-Trump rally had “hundreds of trucks filled with supporters and adorned with Trump flags.” At some point in the evening, the counterprotesters and the Trump supporters got into fistfights.
Traffic is heavily impacted in parts of downtown Portland due to a car caravan political rally. Officers are trying to keep traffic moving but drivers can expect significant delays. Please, avoid downtown if possible.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) August 30, 2020
In addition to that, the news outlet points out that the Trump supporters were “shooting paintball guns from the beds of pickup trucks.” Meanwhile, the counterprotesters were also throwing objects at them.
According to Dunlap, he saw two people face Jay Bishop before shots were heard and he eventually fell dead. Police are reportedly treating this incident as a homicide investigation.
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