Another “peaceful protest” in Portland turned violent when two protesters turned their guns on each other during an altercation on Tuesday night.
The Portland Police Bureau reported that at approximately 10:30pm on September 22, officers from the East Precinct responded to reports of a shooting, now confirmed to have been between two Black Lives Matter protesters.
Individuals aligned with the movement, many of whom are self-described Antifa, have besieged the city for over a hundred nights following the death of George Floyd in late May.
According to police, officers arrived at the scene and learned from onlookers that there was a physical altercation between two activists. As the fight escalated, one of the protesters fired a gun towards the other.
“The subject was struck by gunfire and subsequently a business was hit with gunfire as well. Both subjects were transported to an area hospital by ambulance. Both subjects sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries,” said the Portland Police Bureau in a statement.
“Prior to this incident, both subjects were participants in a group that gathered at Laurelhurst Park and marched to the Penumbra Kelly Building located in the 4700 block of East Burnside Street.”
Police say that the public has little to worry about as the incident was between activists.
“Given the circumstances of the incident, there is no threat to the community,” the police said. “Officers have secured the crime scene and the Portland Police Bureau's Assault detectives are responding to assist in the investigation.”
Portland police are currently seeking more information about the shooting.