Man shot dead as Trump supporters and BLM protesters clash in Portland

Victim suffered gunshot wound to chest, police say

Zoe Tidman
Sunday 30 August 2020 13:56
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Portland police hold back a man who was with the victim of a fatal shooting as he reacts in minutes after the incident on August 29, 2020 in Portland, Oregon
Portland police hold back a man who was with the victim of a fatal shooting as he reacts in minutes after the incident on August 29, 2020 in Portland, Oregon
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One person has been shot dead amid clashes between Donald Trump supporters and racial justice protesters in the streets of Portland.

A man was fatally shot in the chest in the city in Oregon on Saturday evening, according to police.

They did not immediately link the protests and death, which happened in the same area.

A murder investigation has been launched.

Fights broke out on Saturday between a caravan of the US president's supporters and counter-protesters in the city centre.

Police said the convoy had left the area at around 8.30pm local time on Saturday, and officers heard gunshots at about 8.46pm, according to a statement.

Officers arrived at the shooting scene "within a minute", police said, but the man who was shot died despite efforts by people at the scene to save him.

Protests have been happening in Portland every night for more than three months after George Floyd, a black man, died after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes in Minneapolis.

Police declared a riot early on Saturday after fires were set outside a police union building.

The caravan of around 600 vehicles had arrived in the city centre just as a protest planned for Saturday was getting under way.

It marked the third Saturday in a row that Trump supporters have rallied in the city.

As they arrived, protesters attempted to stop them by standing in the street and blocking bridges.

Videos from the scene showed sporadic fighting, as well as Trump supporters firing paintball pellets at opponents and using bear spray as counter-protesters threw objects at them.

Earlier this week, the US president invoked Portland as a liberal city overrun with violence at the Republican National Convention.

Additional reporting by agencies

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