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One Trump Supporter Shot Dead in Portland Protests

One Trump supporter has been shot dead in Oregon as a large procession of supporters of President Trump clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland. 

The shooting happened as protesters converged on the city for the 94th night in a row. Officers heard sounds of gunfire around 8:46 p.m., Portland Police said in a statement. When officers responded to the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Southwest Alder Street, they found the victim. Medical personnel determined the person was dead.

Images from the scene showed medics trying to save what appeared to be a white man.

The latest pro-Trump rally was the third in a row on a Saturday.

The pro-Trump rally’s organizer, who coordinated a similar caravan in Boise, Idaho, earlier in the week, said in a video posted on Twitter Saturday afternoon that attendees should only carry concealed weapons and the route was being kept secret for safety reasons.

Videos from the scene showed sporadic fighting, as well as Trump supporters firing paintball pellets at opponents and using bear spray as counter-protesters threw things at the Trump caravan.

Police have not given an identity or specified whether the shooting was directly linked to the clashes which broke out in a downtown area.. The area has been secured as a crime scene and investigators are asking people to avoid it.

Federal forces were sent by President Trump to Portland in July in what was described as a move to prevent violence.

“A political rally is caravanning throughout downtown Portland. There have been some instances of violence between demonstrators and counter-demonstrators,” Portland police said on Twitter. “Officers have intervened and in some cases made arrests.”

Clear footage from the Portland shooting shows a man in a white shirt in front of the man in the scooter apparently shoot the victim two times and run away shortly after he fell to the ground

In a statement on Saturday evening, Portland police said: "Portland Police officers heard sounds of gunfire from the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Southwest Alder Street. They responded and located a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Medical responded and determined that the victim was deceased."

The violence followed last week's Republican convention which formally anointed Mr Trump as the party's presidential candidate.

Accepting the nomination in a speech on the White House lawn, he sought to characterise Portland as another Democratic-run city prey to "rioting, looting, arson, and violence".

Portland's streets have been the scene of frequent protests in recent weeks.

The city has become a focus for demonstrations against police brutality and racism since the police killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May triggered a wave of national and international outrage.

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