Portland, OR – One woman was killed and five people were wounded after a confrontation between armed activists and a homeowner in Northeast Portland on Saturday night, according to police.
Antifa activists claimed that during the gathering, a homeowner exited a nearby residence and confronted a group of antifa, then shot into the armed crowd multiple times, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Antifa have previously lied about shootings to conceal their criminal activity and authorities have not confirmed that the homeowner shot into the crowd or what sparked the apparent gunfight.
“I heard a really rapidly escalating argument with obscenities and a woman’s voice yelling at somebody,” local resident Mike Macrae told Oregon Public Broadcasting. “And then I heard a man say, ‘Don’t bring this blank to our neighborhood.’ And then shots. Like a whole bunch close together.”
Police responded to the area of North Hassalo Street and Northeast 55th Avenue at 8:01 p.m. after receiving a call about the shooting, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said in a press release.
They arrived to discover one woman deceased.
Three women and two men were wounded in the shooting.
They were transported to local hospitals in unknown condition, according to police.
Last night there was a mass shooting in Portland at Normandale Park where armed #antifa & far-left militants were gathering for a direct action. One female is deceased & there are five others injured. #Antifa are claiming shooting was politically motivated pic.twitter.com/68n38GAsPV
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) February 20, 2022
Two people were taken into custody at the scene, KGW reported.
The PPB later confirmed the incident began as “a confrontation between an armed homeowner and armed protesters,” according to the press release.
Many witnesses refused to tell police what happened.
“The scene was extremely chaotic, and a number of witnesses were uncooperative with responding officers,” the PPB said. “Most people on scene left without talking to police.”
Investigators said they believe there are many people who witnessed what occurred or have cell phone footage of the incident, according to the press release.
“This is a very complicated incident, and investigators are trying to put this puzzle together without having all the pieces,” the PPB said. “Detectives ask that anyone with information or video please contact [the PPB].”
A woman was killed and five other people were wounded in a shooting Saturday night in Portland.
Police say the status of the wounded is unknown.
The shooting happened after demonstrators gathered at Normandale Park for a march seeking justice for Amir Locke pic.twitter.com/Du0SY4FYPB
— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) February 20, 2022
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler implored citizens to cooperate with the investigation in a statement released Sunday evening, KGW reported.
“While many of the details of last night’s shooting near Normandale Park are unclear, we do know one thing for sure: Our community is dealing with the sadness of another senseless act of gun violence,” Wheeler said. “It is this collective sadness and frustration that fuels my commitment to do all that is in my power to reduce the gun violence that is traumatizing our beloved city.”
The mayor thanked PPB for their work on the case.
“I want to thank Police Chief Lovell, the investigators and the officers involved for the careful work they are doing and recognize the exhaustion they must be experiencing,” he wrote. “I am also asking the community to cooperate with the investigation. We must prevent another tragedy like this from ever happening again.”
The PPB tried to give an update on the status of the case by holding a press conference Sunday afternoon, but antifa activists interrupted and yelled over PPB Lieutenant Nathan Sheppard, preventing him from being able to speak, KGW reported.
Some yelled anti-police slurs, while others denounced Wheeler and local reporter Andy Ngo, video footage showed.
Lt. Sheppard ultimately told the crowd that he couldn’t continue with the update due to the disruption.
When he tried to leave the area, protesters swarmed his vehicle and blocked him in, according to KGW.
He was ultimately able to back his vehicle away and left down a different street.
A teleconference was held several hours later to provide the case update, KGW reported.
A fundraising campaign established to help the activists who were shot has raised over $89,000 so far.