Portland Police have not released any information about the victim. The person was shot in the chest, police said.
Police had no suspects right after the shooting and are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or has firsthand video to contact them.
Police Chief Chuck Lovell urged people not to jump to conclusions about what led to the shooting.
A “Portland 2020 Trump Cruise Rally” began earlier in Clackamas, Oregon, where a large group of Trump supporters and cars gathered, CNN affiliate KOIN reported. Video footage from KOIN showed pickup trucks with American flags, “Thin Blue Line” flags and Trump 2020 flags prominently on vehicles.
After the rally, a line of cars, motorcycles and trucks traveled the “2020 Trump Cruise Rally Circuit” which appeared to include downtown Portland, according to an image on a Facebook ad of the event.
Portland Police were aware of the rally and attempted to keep the trailer out of the city center, Police Chief Chuck Lovell told a press conference on Sunday, but a group of vehicles were able to “enter. the city center ”.
Police tweeted on Saturday that there had been “cases of violence between protesters and counter-protesters.”
Videos posted by a New York Times reporter showed fighting between Trump supporters and protesters.
A man mounted on the bed of a passing black van displaying a blue “Oregon for Trump” flag and an American flag can be seen pointing and firing a paintball gun at protesters standing in the corner.
Riders in the black truck can be seen releasing a form of spray.
And as a green van passes by, you can see someone getting into bed spraying something towards the demonstrators. The passengers of this green truck slip away as the other protesters throw something at them.
The deceased man wore a hat with the badge of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group that has clashed with protesters in the past, according to New York Times reporter Mike Baker.
Trump tweeted “Rest In Peace” about the man.
What a witness said
Justin Dunlap, who witnessed the shooting and captured part of it on his Facebook live stream, said he “hadn’t heard much about it.”
“I heard three seconds of screaming and saw a guy spray a bear mace,” Dunlap told CNN. “The victim sprayed a sledgehammer and threw it straight at the other guy. ”
CNN has not confirmed whether the victim is the person who pulverized the mass.
“I’ve watched the video 100 times, in slow motion and on my TV, and I still don’t know where the shots are from,” Dunlap said.
Dunlap said he had documented the unrest in Portland since shortly after the George Floyd protests.
“I was in the wrong place at the right time,” he said. “I am only a citizen journalist. I just want people to know what’s going on here. ”
Prior to the shooting, Dunlap said he saw people who were part of the parade of Trump supporters throwing a sledgehammer from behind their vehicles at protesters marching in the street.
What the officials said
President Donald Trump and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler clashed in the aftermath of the shooting, Trump on Twitter and the mayor on camera at a press conference.
“Ted Wheeler, the wacky Democratic mayor of the radical left of Portland, who witnessed the death and destruction of his city during his tenure, believes this lawless situation should go on forever. False! Portland will never get over with a fool mayor…. “Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon.
Wheeler criticized Trump at the press conference.
“It was you who created the hatred and the division,” said Wheeler.
“The tragedy of last night cannot be repeated,” Wheeler said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what your policy is – we all need to stop the violence. ”
Oregon Governor Kate Brown also slammed Trump in a statement Sunday afternoon, saying he “encouraged division and stoked violence.”
“It happened to Kenosha. And now, unfortunately, it’s happening in Portland, Oregon. ”
But despite the President’s taunts and tweets, it’s a matter of life and death. Whether it’s his utterly incompetent response to the pandemic, where nearly 200,000 people have died, or his outright encouragement of violence on our streets: it should be clear to everyone by now, no one is really safe with Donald Trump as president, ”Brown said.
CNN’s Hollie Silverman, Alta Spells, Holly Yan, Amanda Jackson, Chuck Johnston, Jon Passantino and Josh Campbell contributed to this report.