Shooting at anti-Trump protest in Portland, police looking for ‘African-American male’ (PHOTOS)
At least one person has been injured in a shooting at an anti-Trump protest in Portland, Oregon. The protests, now in their third night, again turned violent with protesters throwing projectiles at officers and police deploying tear gas.
A man was injured in a shooting incident on Morrison Bridge in Portland, police confirmed.
“One person down. Everyone needs to leave the area immediately!” police wrote on Twitter.
Police described the possible suspect in the shooting “as African-American male, late teens, 5'8", thin, wearing black dark hoodie and saggy blue jeans.”
“Preliminary information indicates that a suspect was in a vehicle on the bridge and there was a confrontation with someone in the protest. The suspect got out of the vehicle and fired multiple shots injuring the victim,” police said in a press release.
A local witness, Cameron Whitten, told the paper that the incident took place when the demonstrators were going across the bridge. He then saw a car “with multiple occupants in it... traveling east” and one of them was holding a gun. He first shot into the air and then shot one of the demonstrators in the lower body.
Earlier, Portland police reported that they deployed tear gas against anti-Trump protesters who were throwing projectiles at them. Protesters in Portland have also been involved in clashes with local police near Wells Fargo Tower, the Oregonian newspaper reported.
Thousands of people have been out in the streets across the US since Trump won the 2016 presidential race with 290 electoral votes on November 8, defeating Hillary Clinton even though she won the popular vote.
Chanting anti-Trump slogans, such as “not my president” or “we reject president-elect,” people have been occupying streets in cities from California to New York, expressing their displeasure at the presidential race’s outcome.