Police in Portland responded to reports of gunfire near a protest and took two individuals into custody, according to a report.
The Oregonian reported that authorities responded to reports of gunfire in downtown Portland and a victim was treated at a hospital. The report says that it was not immediately clear if the shooting was related to the protest, which marked its 60th consecutive night in the city.
“As police were securing the scene a person arrived at a hospital by private vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound, non-life-threatening,” police said in a statement. “That person seems to have been associated with the incident near SW 4th Avenue and SW Salmon Street. Portland Police are still investigating.”
KATU reported that the shooting occurred about a block from where protesters have been clashing with police and federal troops.
Shots fired at the Portland protest zone. According to witnesses, eight or nine “juveniles” beat the shit out of this guy during some sort of altercation, then chased him several blocks. He fired at least one shot and his gun is now missing, according to cop pic.twitter.com/LsxmoYskTM— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 27, 2020
Ted Wheeler’s Portland has seen protests for weeks after the death of George Floyd in police custody, since then people have been killed, demonstrators have set fires, vandalized buildings, and smashed windows.
Portland Protests Night 60 Kicks Off pic.twitter.com/9z0pwNWZLK— ELIJAH RIOT (@ElijahSchaffer) July 27, 2020
Chad Wolf, the Department of Homeland Security secretary, painted a disturbing picture in the city on “Sunday Morning Futures” and said protesters have been armed with bats, power tools and have targeted “their violence on federal courthouses and federal law enforcement officers.”
The shooting on Sunday night marks the second reported shooting near the protest. Authorities said one person suffered “numerous gunshot wounds” early Sunday, which occurred at the same time that police were forced to respond to another riot at the location. That victim had non-life-threatening injuries.