Police: 1 Killed, 5 Hurt in Shooting During Portland Protest

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
February 20, 2022US News
Police: 1 Killed, 5 Hurt in Shooting During Portland Protest
Portland police respond, to a shooting in the area of Normandale Park in Northeast Portland, Ore., on Feb. 19, 2022. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore.—One person was killed and five others were wounded in a shooting Saturday night at a Portland park.

The shooting at Normandale Park happened during a confrontation between an armed homeowner and armed protesters, according to the Portland Police Bureau. Responding officers found one woman dead, and two men and three other women were taken to the hospital.

Their conditions have not been released, and police have not named anyone involved in the shooting.

“The scene was extremely chaotic, and a number of witnesses were uncooperative with responding officers,” the police department said in a statement released Sunday. “Most people on scene left without talking to police. … This is a very complicated incident, and investigators are trying to put this puzzle together without having all the pieces.”

Lt. Nathan Sheppard, a spokesman for the department, said during a virtual news conference Sunday that it would be “irresponsible” to say if anyone had been arrested. He did not explain why when pressed by reporters, and he did not provide any other details about the circumstances of the shooting.

Social media flyers show that at the same time as the shooting, a march was planned for Amir Locke, a black man who was fatally shot by police in Minneapolis, KOIN-TV reported.

The number of homicides in Portland last year surpassed more populous cities such as San Francisco and Boston—and was more than double the number of slayings in its larger Pacific Northwest neighbor Seattle.

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