A day of violent clashes between a large pro-Trump caravan and counterprotesters turned violent on Saturday, culminating in the shooting death of a man in the streets of Portland, Oregon.
The pro-Trump vehicle rally, made up of hundreds of cars and trucks, gathered in the Portland suburb of Clackamas before making its way to the city center. The caravan was initially planned to circle the highways but some of its members split off and headed into downtown where Black Lives Matters protesters were gathered.
Clashes quickly occurred between the caravan members and counterprotesters in downtown Portland.
“We saw fistfights on the streets, in some cases; people in the backs of pickup trucks shooting paintballs into the crowd; other people throwing things back onto the trucks where the pro-Trump supporters were there, driving around,” Baker said.
Justin Dunlap, an independent journalist who was on the ground in Portland on Saturday, told NBC News that the “Trump car caravan was causing trouble” and that he heard reports they were pepper-spraying people. He said the scene was “super heavy.”
Video shows a Trump supporter shooting paintballs at civilians on the street while another Trump caravan member sprays the crowd with an industrial-sized can of pepper spray.
New York Times correspondent Mike Baker, shared a video showing a Trump supporter shooting paintballs at civilians standing on a downtown Portland street while another pro-Trump caravan member sprays the crowd with an industrial-sized can of pepper spray.
“Clashes. Trump people unload paintballs and pepper spray. They shot me too,” Baker wrote.
Clashes. Trump people unload paintballs and pepper spray. They shot me too. pic.twitter.com/PwU5pZMLnV
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) August 30, 2020
Another video shot earlier in the day, shows a pro-Trump caravan member shouting rape threats at a journalist.
“I’d f-ck the sh-t out of you,” the Trump supporter shouted from his car.
MAGA supporter gives criticisms of press, offers sexual favors. This reporter declined pic.twitter.com/E5EYR8tmnr
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) August 30, 2020
Ultimately, the day ended in tragedy with shots fired and the death of one person.
“Dunlap said he saw the victim facing two people when he heard the shots. He did not see the gun being fired because mace was sprayed at the same time, and it remains unclear if or how the shooting was connected to the protests,” reports NBC News. “The victim turned ‘took a few steps, then fell face-down,’ said Dunlap, 44, adding that the two people facing him ran from the scene.”