Man shot and killed in Portland as Black Lives Matter protesters clash with Trump supporters

Man shot and killed in Portland as Black Lives Matter protesters clash with Trump supporters

ONE person was shot dead as Donald Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed in Oregon last night.

The victim was pictured lying on the ground in Portland wearing a Patriot Prayer baseball cap as riots unfolded around him.

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The protest was one of many that Trump supporters staged across the country last night with hundreds of people congregating in Los Angeles and Georgia.

Police did not immediately link the fatal shooting to the clash with Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrators.

A police spokesman said: "Police responded and located a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Medical responded and determined that the victim was deceased.

"A Homicide Investigation is underway."

Gunfire was heard in the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Southwest Alder Street, according to the spokesman's statement.

When asked if the shooting was related to clashes between rival protesters in the same area, the police spokesman said: "It is too early in the investigation to draw those kinds of conclusions."

The New York Times reported how a large group of supporters of Trump had traveled to downtown Portland.

Two unidentified witnesses reportedly said a small group of people began fighting and gunfire rang out. 

The man who was shot and killed was wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group based in Portland that has clashed with protesters in the past. 

Portland police earlier said in a tweet that a "political rally is caravanning throughout downtown Portland" and that there had been "some instances of violence between demonstrators and counter-demonstrators".

Police had intervened and made some arrests, they said in the tweet.

Some shot paintball guns from pickup trucks while protesters threw objects back at them.

The pro-Trump vehicle rally began near Clackamas Town Center before reaching Portland, with clashes breaking out thereafter.

BLM demonstrations against racism and police brutality have swept the United States since the killing of George Floyd in May, where a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Tensions between rival protest groups have roiled downtown Portland every night for nearly three months following Floyd's death.

The Trump administration in July deployed federal forces to Portland to crack down on the protests.

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