One person died after President Trump supporters encountered Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Oregon. The incident took place on Saturday at about 8:46 pm as the president's supporter's convoy made of about 600 vehicles moved towards the "Trump 2020 cruise rally" event in Clackamas Town Center. Participants intended to line up cars, motorcycles, and trucks in Trump's reelection campaign. The convoy flew American, Blue Lives Matter, and Trump 2020 flags.
The deceased was described as a "white man" and was a member of the Patriot Prayer group, according to the symbols on his clothes. The leader of the Patriot Prayer movement, Joey Gibson, described the unidentified man as his good friend. Patriot Prayer is a small group that promotes Christianity, conservative values, and smaller government.
Oregon police chief Chuck Lovell condemned the killing and promised to apprehend the suspect whose motive or identity remained a mystery.
"This violence is completely unacceptable, and we are working diligently to find and apprehend the individual or individuals responsible," he said.
The movement organizers had kept their itinerary secret for security reasons. BLM protesters had earlier tried to block the caravan by occupying the streets and bridges. The protesters also shot paintball guns and threw objects at Trump supporters as the caravan drove along the streets.
The shooting took place in the city, which Trump described at the Republican National Congress as a "liberal city overrun with violence." Trump also called for the deployment of the National Guard in the city to enforce law and order. He also insisted that his re-election was the solution to bringing law and order in US cities.
A few federal agents had also been deployed, leading to the intensification of protests. However, Trump said the agents would remain until Portland was "cleaned up." The U.S. Department of Homeland Security acting secretary, Chad Wolf, also indicated that all options were on the table in addressing the violence in Portland.
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