Videographer Justin Dunlap was filming live late Saturday, casually noting new artwork on buildings as most of the day’s violence appeared to have ended when he suddenly turned toward shouting.
Two gunshots then rang out, a cloud of smoke appearing to show the gunman standing just a few feet in front of his target.
As a group of about a half-dozen shouted and fled, one of the other men started walking away — collapsing on the ground after a few steps, a panicked driver skidding to a halt just feet in front of him.
Several people rushed to help, and officers in riot gear — who say they heard the shots while policing the demonstrations — were there within minutes.
An Associated Press freelance photographer who heard three gunshots saw police medics working on the body of the victim, who appeared to be a white man. The freelancer said the man was wearing a hat bearing the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a right-wing group whose members have frequently clashed with protesters in Portland in the past.
Police said the man was shot in the chest and was declared dead at the scene. He was not immediately identified.
It was not immediately clear if the shooting was linked to fights that broke out as a caravan of about 600 vehicles with pro-Trump supporters was confronted by counter-demonstrators in the city’s downtown.
Dunlap said that the victim had earlier maced people, and someone could be heard on his video shouting that the victim was a “motherf—er who has been pushing people and jumping people the entire time.”
“That guy has been f—king with people the entire time,” he shouted.
Police said it was still too early in the investigation to draw conclusions.
“I ask everyone to give the detectives time to do their important work before drawing conclusions about what took place,” Police Chief Chuck Lovell said in a statement.
“This violence is completely unacceptable and we are working diligently to find and apprehend the individual or individuals responsible.”
With Post wires