ONE Portland protester shot a fellow activist shortly after they marched with a Black Lives Matter group on Tuesday night that saw “fireworks shot at cop cars,” police said.
Authorities responded to reports of a shooting in the Oregon city around 10.30pm and learned of a “physical altercation” between two people.
According to Portland police, the fight among the unidentified protesters “led one of the subjects to fire a gun towards the other subject.”
The latter demonstrator was hit with gunfire during the incident, and a nearby business was also struck by gunfire, cops said.
Both protesters involved in the ordeal were brought to the hospital with “serious but non-life threatening injuries.”
Police confirmed that before the shooting, the two people who were wounded marched with a group of 75 protesters to the Penumbra Kelly public safety building.
Authorities said those protesters marched from Laurelhurst Park to the building around 10pm on Tuesday.
Upon their arrival, cops told them through a loudspeaker “to not enter” or stay on the property or nearby grass and sidewalks.
Cops claimed that a “lit commercial grade firework was thrown towards the property by someone in the group.’
That fire is said to have “landed near several police cars parked in the lot.”
The group apparently continued to black traffic in the area for hours on Tuesday night.
Just before 12.30am on Wednesday, protesters allegedly trespassed onto the property of the public safety building and were arrested.
Around 1am, the group of protesters scattered from the area, according to police.
Ultimately, three people were arrested on several charges, including interfering with a peace officer, resisting arrest, and trespassing.
Laura Sutton, 33, Tracy Lynn Molina, 47, and Simona Arteaga, 39, were all taken into custody and booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center.
The city of Portland was labeled an “anarchist jurisdiction” by the Justice Department on Monday as the federal government threatened to slash funding.
Attorney General William Barr also identified Seattle, Washington, and New York City as other “anarchist jurisdictions” that he claims allow “anarchy, violence, and destruction.”
The designation – which local officials have criticized – comes as President Donald Trump has claimed that cities run by Democratic leaders are under siege.
The government said they designated Portland “anarchist” because of the city’s 100-plus nights of protest “marred by vandalism, chaos, and even killing.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the designation as “thoroughly political and unconstitutional.”
“The President is playing cheap political games with Congressionally directed funds,” they saide in a joint statement.
“Our cities are bringing communities together; our cities are pushing forward after fighting back a pandemic and facing the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, all despite recklessness and partisanship from the White House.”
On Tuesday, charges were dropped for at least 16 Portland protesters in connection with a July 16 demonstration where federal officers deployed tear gas as they tried to disperse protesters.
More than 800 people have been arrested in Portland since the death of George Floyd on May 25, although charges against hundreds of those people have been dropped.
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