Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell hold a press conference Sunday.
An unidentified man was shot and killed on Saturday night in Portland, Oregon, amid violent clashes between a caravan of Trump supporters and anti-racist protesters in the city. It is not entirely clear how the shooting may have been related to the protests.
Police are continuing to seek information as they investigate the shooting of a man in downtown near competing demonstrations, one a pro-Trump car caravan and another a counter-protest by various opposing groups.
Joey Gibson, head of the Washington state group, also described the dead man as a “good friend,” the Associated Press reported.
Gibson arrived at the shooting scene shortly after it happened and was briefly corralled in a nearby gas station by angry protesters, the AP reported.
“I can’t say much right now. All I can do is verify that he was a good friend and a supporter of Patriot Prayer,” Gibson told the AP in a text.
“It is still early in this investigation, and I ask everyone to give the detectives time to do their important work before drawing conclusions about what took place,” said Police Chief Chuck Lovell on Sunday.
He’s asking for those with information to come forward.