Gunshots Fired as Proud Boys, Anti-Fascists Clash in Portland

Clashes between members of far-right Proud Boys and anti-fascist protesters escalated into a gunfight on Aug. 22 in Portland following separate demonstrations.

According to reports, a man fired at least two shots from a handgun before another individual returned fire.

A video posted on social media showed a man dressed in black firing a gun.

Police said in a statement that officers responded to a report of gunshots before 6 p.m. local time at downtown Portland and arrested one man involved in the shooting.

The arrested suspect, 65-year-old Dennis Anderson of Gresham, faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police also said that investigators confirmed at least one more shooter was involved in the gunfight and that “a group of people may have been pursuing Anderson shortly before the gunfire started.”

Police also cited reports that witnesses may have removed evidence from the scene before officers arrived.

No injuries were reported in the shooting.

Earlier in the afternoon, the clashes in Northeast Portland involved firing paintball and airsoft guns, lighting fireworks, and dispersing chemical spray, according to the police.

Proud Boys gathered for a rally they called “Summer of Love” and anti-fascist demonstrators gathered in a counter-protest.

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