Portland has been the center of protests and marches ever since the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On Saturday, a horde of Trump supporters clashed with the counter-protestors denouncing police brutality. A man was shot and killed as the clash turned violent.
While the police have not released any details about the victim yet, they said he was shot in the chest around 8:46 p.m. Saturday near Southwest Third Avenue and Southwest Alder Street. Previously, police said the shooting was near Southeast Third Avenue. Authorities also do not have any suspect information and are urging any witnesses to come forward with the information.
What happened in Portland Shooting?
Portland police officers heard reports of gunfire shortly before 9 p.m. local time and found a man with a gunshot wound to the chest, the police said. Medical responders determined that the man was dead, the police said.
President Trump Statement on Portland Shooting
The President has not spoken specifically about the shooting death in Portland, but on Sunday morning he retweeted a message that said Portland “needs to be federalized at this point.”
In his message, he added: “The National Guard is Ready, Willing and Able. All the Governor has to do is call!”
In another tweet, Mr. Trump said the “big backlash going on in Portland cannot be unexpected.” He called Portland’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, “incompetent” and “a FOOL,” adding that “the people of Portland won’t put up with no safety any longer.”
Portland has been in the throes of protests for over 90 consecutive nights. The protests erupted after the killing of George Floyd in May and gained momentum after last weekend’s shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
In recent times, clashes between Trump supporters and protestors have been growing at large. The city is no stranger to demonstrations that often leads to chaos from the right-wing group and opposing Black Lives Matter protestors.
Meanwhile, the mayor and Democratic Presidential leader Joe Biden have accused Trump of “recklessly encouraging violence” with his tweet on the Portland Shooting.
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