A shooting occurred and multiple people were arrested early Wednesday morning during a mass gathering that marked the 109th day of demonstrations in Portland.
A scuffle broke out between two demonstrators, and one man drew a firearm and shot the other, according to a press release from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). The pair sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital, PPB wrote.
Roughly 75 activists gathered near a public park and blocked traffic, despite orders given over a loudspeaker from law enforcement to stay off private property and walkways, the release detailed.
Three people between the ages of 33 and 47 were apprehended by officers for allegedly interfering with a peace officer, escape, resisting arrest, trespassing and disorderly conduct, police said in the release.
There is a mass gathering tonight at the Kelly Building, 4735 East Burnside Street. Burnside is blocked in both directions. To those gathered near the Penumbra Kelly Building: We respect your right to gather and speak. Do not enter or remain upon the property, (continued)
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) September 23, 2020
A “commercial-grade firework” was ignited and tossed at law enforcement from inside the mob, landing near several police cruisers, the news release read.
A journalist from Oregon Public Broadcasting noted that Portland reached “day 109” of demonstrations in a Wednesday tweet. (RELATED: Report: DOJ Considered Bringing Charges Against Local Portland Officials Over Handling Of Riots)
Portland protest day 109 pic.twitter.com/Y7ePPHWdgV
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) September 23, 2020
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