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Monday, 3 August 2020

More than 150 rounds are fired during a shooting outside a Portland apartment - as city suffers its deadliest month for 30 years

More than 150 rounds were fired during a shooting in a Portland neighborhood on Friday, ending the city's deadliest month since the 1980s. 
The Portland Police Bureau said Saturday that the shooting occurred around 11.08pm outside an apartment building near the 600 block of NE 87th Avenue. 
A woman was struck in the arm by one of the rounds, police said. Responding officers applied a tourniquet and she was transported to the hospital by ambulance with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. 
No other injuries have been reported to police; however, bullets struck at least eight occupied apartments and seven vehicles.
The Portland Police Bureau said Saturday that the shooting occurred around 11.08pm outside an apartment building (pictured) near the 600 block of NE 87th Avenue
The Portland Police Bureau said Saturday that the shooting occurred around 11.08pm outside an apartment building (pictured) near the 600 block of NE 87th Avenue
Bullets struck at least eight occupied apartments and seven vehicles (one damaged vehicle pictured)
Bullets struck at least eight occupied apartments and seven vehicles (one damaged vehicle pictured)
One woman was shot in the arm. She was taken to a hospital with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Officers have closed Northeast 87th Avenue north of Northeast Glisan Street as they continue their investigation
One woman was shot in the arm. She was taken to a hospital with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Officers have closed Northeast 87th Avenue north of Northeast Glisan Street as they continue their investigation
Officers have closed Northeast 87th Avenue north of Northeast Glisan Street as they continue their investigation. 
As of Sunday afternoon, no arrests have been made. 
The shooting came as Portland police revealed that 15 people were killed during the month of July.
The total is the highest number of deaths in a single month since the 1980s, KATU reported.
Meanwhile, the Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly Saturday night when people gathered outside a police precinct in the city and threw bottles towards officers, police said.
Until that point, federal, state and local law enforcement had been seemingly absent from the protests Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 
The demonstrations - that for weeks ended with tear gas, fireworks shot towards buildings, federal agents on the street and injuries to protesters and officers - have recently ended with chanting and conversations.
Activists and Oregon officials urged people at Saturday night's protest in Portland to re-center the focus on Black Lives Matter, three days after the Trump administration agreed to reduce the presence of federal agents.

Groups gathered Saturday evening in various areas around downtown Portland to listen to speakers and prepare to march to the Justice Center and Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse.
One of the more popular events, 'Re-centering why we are here - BLM,' was hosted by the NAACP.
Speakers included activists as well as Oregon Sen Jeff Merkley and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.
Merkley and Hardesty spoke about policies they are putting forward, including to cut police funding and restrict chokeholds.
'The next thing we need you to do is vote like your life depends on it, because guess what, it does,' Hardesty said.
For the first time since the presence of federal agents in Portland diminished, law enforcement and protesters noticeably clashed Saturday night.
Meanwhile, the Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly Saturday night when people gathered outside a police precinct in the city and threw bottles towards officers, police said. Protests remained peaceful outside the Mark O. Hatfield courthouse (pictured)
Meanwhile, the Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly Saturday night when people gathered outside a police precinct in the city and threw bottles towards officers, police said. Protests remained peaceful outside the Mark O. Hatfield courthouse (pictured)
US Army veterans attended a protest against racial inequality and police violence in Portland on Friday
US Army veterans attended a protest against racial inequality and police violence in Portland on Friday 
Until that point, federal, state and local law enforcement had been seemingly absent from the protests Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Demonstrators are seen at Saturday night's protest
Until that point, federal, state and local law enforcement had been seemingly absent from the protests Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Demonstrators are seen at Saturday night's protest 
Portland police officers arrest a protester after dispersing a crowd of about 200 people from in front of the Multnomah County Sheriffs Office on Saturday
Portland police officers arrest a protester after dispersing a crowd of about 200 people from in front of the Multnomah County Sheriffs Office on Saturday 
A Department of Homeland Security officer emerges from the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse after demonstrators lit a fire early Sunday morning
A Department of Homeland Security officer emerges from the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse after demonstrators lit a fire early Sunday morning 
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As one group of protesters gathered outside the courthouse another marched to a precinct for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau.
Police stated that protesters threw glass bottles and directed lasers at officers. 
Just before 10pm, Portland police declared an unlawful assembly and told people to disperse or they may be subject to use of force or be arrested. Police could be seen charging, multiple times, at protesters in the area.
At the courthouse, the scene was different. Around 11.30pm hundreds of people remained, standing and listening to speakers.
By midnight, protesters again began to march through the streets downtown.
Thursday and Friday's protests also attracted more than 1,000 people - both nights were relatively peaceful. 
In a news release early Saturday, the Portland Police Bureau described Friday's crowd as subdued and said there was no police interaction with protesters.
At one point during Friday's protest, a lone firework was shot at the courthouse. 
In the weeks past the action would be met with more fireworks or teargas canisters being dropped over the fence into the crowd.
This time, protesters chastised the person who shot the firework, pleading to keep the demonstration peaceful.
Navy veteran Adam Winther holds a flag while forming a Wall of Vets during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Friday
Navy veteran Adam Winther holds a flag while forming a Wall of Vets during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Friday
Black Lives Matter protester Jorge Mendoza holds a sign while rallying at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Saturday
Black Lives Matter protester Jorge Mendoza holds a sign while rallying at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Saturday
Black Lives Matter protesters hold signs during a caravan on Friday in Portland
Black Lives Matter protesters hold signs during a caravan on Friday in Portland 
Thursday night was the first time in weeks that demonstrations ended without any major confrontations, violence or arrests, and similar scenes were seen Friday (pictured)
Thursday night was the first time in weeks that demonstrations ended without any major confrontations, violence or arrests, and similar scenes were seen Friday (pictured) 
The relative calm outside a federal courthouse that's become ground zero in clashes between demonstrators and federal agents had come after the US government began drawing down its forces under a deal between Democratic Gov Kate Brown and the Trump administration.
Portland had seen more than two months of often violent demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 
In early July, President Donald Trump sent more federal agents to the city to protect the federal courthouse, but local officials said their presence made things worse. 
On Friday night, Trump declared that federal agents will not leave Portland, even after a second night of peaceful protests.
The commander-in-chief said Oregon's largest city has been overrun with 'thugs' and 'rioters' after more than two months of protests.
'Homeland Security is not leaving Portland until local police complete cleanup of Anarchists and Agitators!' Trump tweeted on Friday night.
His statement came despite Gov Brown making a deal on Wednesday with the Department of Homeland Security for a phased retreat of federal agents.
On Thursday, federal officers withdrew from the streets, in a move that state officials hope will continue to ease tensions as the city tries to move on from months of chaotic nightly protests.
Thursday night was the first time in weeks that demonstrations ended without any major confrontations, violence or arrests, and similar scenes were seen Friday. 

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