The disturbing video shows the moment a man wearing a Patriot Prayer baseball cap was shot dead in Portland as tensions escalated between pro-Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter counter-protesters.
In the footage recorded by videographer Justin Dunlap, the victim appears to be following two other people down a street before two shots sound and a cloud of smoke breaks out at the source.
The person who appears to have fired the shots and a handful of other people nearby then flee from view as the victim stumbles a few feet and collapses on the floor.
Several people rush over when a car turns a corner and comes to a stop in front of the victim.
It remains unclear whether the shooting was linked to fighting that broke out when a caravan of about 600 vehicles in the city center faced counter-demonstrators.
Police said the caravan left the area around 8:30 p.m. and officers heard gunshots about 15 minutes later and arrived at the shooting range "within a minute".
The as yet unidentified victim was shot in the chest and died on the scene.
An Associated Press freelance photographer, who heard three gunshots and then watched police medics attend to the victim, said the victim was a white man wearing a hat with the insignia of the Patriot Prayer, a right-wing group of its members frequently clashed past protesters in Portland, USA.
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The disturbing video shows the moment an unidentified man wearing a Patriot Prayer baseball cap (center in a black shirt and light shorts) was shot dead in Portland on Saturday night
The victim collapsed on the street after trying to move away from the person who shot him
Street medics and protesters rushed to help the man after he was shot in the chest by an unknown suspect
The police arrived "within a minute" when gunfire rang out. The victim wears a hat with the insignia of the Patriot Prayer, a right-wing group whose members have often clashed with protesters in Portland in the past
Portland police are holding back a man who was the victim of the fatal shooting on Saturday night minutes after the incident
Detectives have not yet released any information about the shooting suspect and are looking for more evidence.
Police admitted several pictures and videos were posted on social media – including Dunlap's – but didn't say they had been checked.
Dunlap claimed the victim macedated people before the shooting.
In his video someone could be heard shouting that the man was a "motherf ** ker who pushed and jumped people all the time".
"This guy has been a king with people all along," the witness exclaimed.
Filming took place on Southwest 3rd Avenue and Alder Street – along the main street that runs through the heart of Portland, past Portland State University.
The police warned the public not to draw any conclusions about what sparked the violence.
"It is important that detectives get a full and accurate picture of what happened before, during and after the shooting," said a police statement.
"If someone was a witness, has a video, or has information about the murder, they will be asked to contact the lead detectives."
Police Chief Chuck Lovell added, “I ask everyone to give the detectives time to do their important work before drawing any conclusions about what happened.
"This violence is completely unacceptable and we are working diligently to find and record the person or those responsible."
Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a text message to Oregon Public Broadcasting that he was aware of the situation.
"Gather information now," he continued. & # 39; Will be transparent to the public. Ask people to keep calm and not add to this tragedy. & # 39;
Medics and police officers stand over the unidentified man who was shot dead on the street in Portland on Saturday night
Medics tried unsuccessfully to rescue the man who was shot on the corner of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Alder Street
Saturday marked the 95th night of the riot in Portland since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
More than 600 cars with Trump flags and banners drove through and through the city in a convoy as the sun went down, following tense scenes at their meeting point and clashes with counter-demonstrators.
It came when Trump supporters held similar gatherings across the country, with hundreds of people in Los Angeles, Georgia and elsewhere gathering to celebrate their president and to gather for his re-election.
In Washington DC, Black Lives Matter protesters were gassed in tears to evict them from the White House, while protests continued but largely peaceful in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Jacob Blake was shot dead on August 23.
The White House announced that Trump would visit Kenosha on Tuesday – something many fear that tensions in the city could escalate.
As the convoy of Trump vehicles pulled into downtown Portland, supporters sitting in the back of pickup trucks put pepper spray on counter-demonstrators. Eggs were thrown at their trucks and cars, and Trump supporters retaliated by pointing paintball guns at the crowd and allegedly firing ball bearings.
A reporter was among those shot by the paintball guns.
Two shirtless men were filmed beating each other as the violence spread. The riot police swarmed in and began making arrests.
A block from the shooting scene, a black man in a face mask was depicted having a lively discussion with Joey Gibson, a right-wing political activist and founder of the Patriot Prayer.
Meanwhile, the driver of a dark sedan turned his engine and then sped towards the crowd of BLM protesters before driving off. He miraculously managed not to hit anyone.
A BLM supporter was attacked while filming the license plates of MAGA cars.
An angry group of Trump supporters got out of a car and confronted the activist, who was thrown to the ground.
The Trump supporters then turned and walked away.
Portland Police arrest a protester after dispersing the crowd
Riot police were in effect in downtown Portland on Saturday night when the expected clashes occurred
A BLM activist wearing an orange bandana is attacked by a Trump supporter wearing a black t-shirt and gray shorts
The BLM protester remains on the ground after his argument with Trump supporters, angry that he filmed them
The Morrison Bridge was the site of an ugly conflict when the caravan drove into town and a Trump supporter drove his truck on an exit towards protesters. Two people quarreled on the bridge, sparking a quick response from Portland Police, who arrested the couple.
When night fell the caravan drove through town. The organizers hoped they could hold their own against the left activists who had largely dominated the last 94 nights of protest.
Saturday's pro-Trump demonstration was organized on Facebook and 2,500 people said they wanted to attend.
A New York Times reporter estimated that around 1,000 people showed up at Clackamas Town Center by 4 p.m.
"We would like to bring some American patriots together for a Trump 2020 Cruise rally to support our great president," wrote Alex Kyzik, one of the organizers.
Trump supporters were seen driving around spraying the crowd with ball bearings
Donald Trump's supporters met in downtown Clackamas on Saturday at 4 p.m. to drive around Portland
The convoy numbered around 600 vehicles, with Trump supporters waving flags as they cruise through Portland
Most were in trucks and cars, but a few motorcyclists came along too – one with his Trump-adorned bike
The Portland, Oregon caravan was organized on Facebook, and 2,500 people wanted to take part. Around 1,000 have emerged
Saturday's rally was supposed to follow a route circling Portland and avoiding downtown, but the cars were diverted
Participants were encouraged to bring their weapons and hide them in a video that Kyzik posted in a preview of the event.
However, some of those in the beginning openly showed their assault rifles.
“I know, for the most part, that everyone here will be pretty civilized. We will all support the president in a safe way, "said Brandon Beck, who attended his first Trump rally.
He told Oregon Public Broadcasting, “Obviously we're all going to be in cars, none of us going to burn, pillage or anything. We're just trying to have fun and stay safe today. & # 39;
Joe Reminar told the site that he was a veteran of the Trump rallies and Saturday was the fifth or sixth that he competed.
"Today is about freedom and showing that Antifa in Portland does not have the full stranglehold and that we tax the citizens and do not want to be torn apart," he said.
“We're going to be a big parade and show strength for our president. We appreciate everything he has done to keep the economy going, to fight China against this virus, to keep us free and to save our second amendment. & # 39;
A crowd of Black Lives Matter activists came up to meet them, waved their posters, and engaged in tense confrontations.
A Trump supporter took off his jacket and prepared for a fight before being led away by other Trump supporters.
A Black Lives Matter activist was sprayed with pepper in another hand-to-hand combat.
Alex Kyzik, one of the organizers of the Portland rally, said people shouldn't show their guns, but hiding the carry is fine
Counter-protesters and Black Lives Matter supporters confronted Trump supporters in downtown Portland
Black Lives Matter activists expressed their displeasure as the convoy made its way towards downtown Portland
Black Lives Matter activists confronted pro-Trump protesters in Clackamas on Saturday
Fans of the president in their red MAGA hats held up a sign that read "All Lives Matter" and mocked the BLM crowd
The convoy was on its way and vehicles from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office blocked intersections around the downtown mall for the parade of vehicles to pass.
A heavy presence of Oregon State Troopers was observed on Highway 224, the main route of the pro-Trump caravan to Portland.
The caravan was supposed to avoid downtown, but as night fell many of the cars strayed from the intended route and drove downtown.
The caravan was supposed to disperse at 9 p.m.
74 people are now charged with protests that have rocked Portland for three months since Floyd was killed, the local US attorney said Thursday.
Misdemeanor and crime charges include attacks on federal officials, arson, and damage to federal property.
In Georgia, hundreds of Trump supporters moved into the waters of Lake Allatoona, 20 miles north of Marietta.
They waved under flags to announce their support and headed to Flamingo Cove – some with the President's cardboard cutouts in their boats, others with face masks.
One woman who surveyed the scene told 11Alive it was "pretty amazing".
"Just the support, everyone out here with the flags and the Trump banners just showing their support," she said.
More than 200 boats sailed into the waters of Lake Allatoona in support of Trump on Saturday afternoon
Some of the president's fans had cardboard cut-outs of him on their boat; others wore masks on his face
Crowds gathered on the bridge over the lake to watch the flotilla go by on Saturday afternoon
Supporters waved flags in support of Trump and the police and the yellow Gadsden flag used by his fans
In Los Angeles, a rally of around 200 people in Beverly Hills was declared an illegal gathering after anti-Trump infiltrators were found in the MAGA crowd.
Fighting broke out and the rally was canceled.
Black Lives Matter activists gathered outside City Hall on Saturday in LA before marching downtown.
Black Lives Matter activists gathered outside City Hall in Los Angeles on Saturday as Beverly Hills saw pro-Trump gatherings
The BLM activists then marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles
Trump supporters gathered in Beverly Hills only to break out a brawl and call off the rally
Since the end of July, supporters of the president have been gathering weekly in Beverly Gardens Park
And chaotic scenes unfolded outside the White House after another night of protests against Black Lives Matter, during which police clashed with protesters, hit them with rubber bullets, and stun grenades exploded as they moved to clear out the crowd.
Hundreds of protesters had gathered at Black Lives Matter Plaza to rally against police brutality and racial injustice.
Members of the Metropolitan Police Department were in effect as protesters marched to the White House and sang, "No cops, no KKK, no fascists".
Just before midnight, tensions between protesters and law enforcement agencies escalated when riot gear rushed into the crowd to evacuate them.
Police clashed with BLM protesters in Washington DC on Saturday during another night of riot
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: A woman was arrested outside the Kenosha County courthouse despite the city-wide curfew
Officers were seen deploying tear gas grenades and using flashes to disperse the crowd.
Videos shared on social media showed some protesters reciprocating, some throwing projectiles at officers, or playing loud music. in the a clipA man was seen picking up a tear gas canister and hurling it back to the police.
In Kenosha, protests against the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Saturday night remained largely peaceful after a day of demonstrations when thousands of people marched to the district court to denounce police brutality and racism.
Black Lives Matter activists have marched in the city of Wisconsin every night since Blake's shooting last Sunday. Some protests lead to civil unrest with damage to buildings and vehicles.
Earlier in the day, crowds took to the streets chanting, "Seven bullets, seven days" – an indication of the number of times Blake had been shot – as they marched to the courthouse where speakers encouraged protesters to vote for change in November to push for laws in Wisconsin that would reform police forces.
But unlike last week's demonstrations, most people parted ways on the Saturday before the 7 p.m. curfew.
More than an hour later, police officers, including some with U.S. Marshal Service IDs, surrounded about a dozen people who stayed outside the courthouse and made multiple arrests.
As night fell, National Guard troops and police in protective clothing stayed outside the fenced-in area around several government buildings that had been at the center of the riots last week.
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: Police officers are viewed as guards when several people were arrested outside the Kenosha County Courthouse on Saturday after a citywide curfew began
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: Approximately 1,000 people took part in a mile-long march in Kenosha on Saturday, singing "Black Lives Matter" and "No Justice, No Peace" a week after the police shot Jacob Blake
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: Protesters marched with Blake's family to the Kenosha County courthouse, where speakers encouraged the crowd to vote for change and press for laws in Wisconsin that would reform police forces in November
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: People march to the Kenosha County courthouse in support of Jacob Blake and his family
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: Jacob Blake Sr (pictured) passionately called for a system to be changed
During the rally earlier, Blake's father, Jacob Blake Sr., urged protesters to cease looting and vandalism that had overshadowed peaceful protests before a tense silence over the past three nights.
& # 39; Understand the good people of this city. If we tear it up we have nothing, said Blake Sr. & # 39; stop it. Show them for one night that we don't have to tear anything up. & # 39;
He passionately called for changes to what he described as promoting police brutality and racial inequalities.
"There were seven bullets put in my son's back … Hell, yeah, I'm crazy," Blake Sr. said. "What gave (the police) the right to murder my child?" What gave them the right to believe that my son was an animal?
“What gave them the right to take something that was not theirs? I'm sick of it, ”he added.
Kenosha policeman Rusten Sheskey and two other police officers responded to a domestic dispute on Aug. 23 when Sheskey shot Blake, 29, in the back, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
Trump will visit Kenosha on Tuesday, the White House announced on Saturday.
The president will encounter "law enforcement and survey damage from the recent unrest," White House spokesman Judd Deere told reporters aboard Air Force One.
He didn't say whether the president will meet with Blake's family – but the visit is expected to increase tensions in the city.
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