On Saturday night, one person was shot and killed in downtown Portland, as protesters in Oregon’s largest city ended their fourth month.
Portland officers located the individual with a gunshot wound to the chest, after hearing gunfire in the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Southwest Alder Street at 8:46 pm local time.
Medics responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene, according to a press release from the Portland Police Department. A homicide investigation is underway.
No suspect information is being released at this time, it was not clear if the shooting was linked to fights that broke out as a caravan of about 600 vehicles was confronted by the protesters.
Saturday morning, fires set outside a police union building that is a frequent site for protests prompted police to declare a riot. An accelerate was used to ignite a mattress and other debris that was laid against the door of the Portland Police Association building, police said in a statement. At least one dumpster had also been set on fire in the street nearby.
The shooting happened before 9 pm Pacific, several hours after the caravan began arriving in Portland.
The Black Lives Matter demonstrations usually target police buildings and federal buildings. Some protesters have called for reductions in police budgets while the city’s mayor and some in the Black community have decried the violence, saying its counterproductive.
The pro-Trump rally’s organizer, who coordinates a similar caravan in Boise, Idaho, earlier this week, said in a video posted on Twitter Saturday afternoon that attendees should only carry concealed weapons and the quote was being kept secret for safety reasons.
The Trump and other speakers at this week convention evoked a violent, dystopian future if Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden wins in November and pointed to Portland as a cautionary tale for what would be in store for Americans.