As the city reels from a deadly shooting in downtown Portland near clashing protesters on Saturday night, law enforcement is preparing for another night of demonstrations.
According to police, calls came in at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday for gunfire near Southwest 3rd and Alder Street. When officers arrived, they found a man who had been shot in the chest. He died shortly after.
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell joined Mayor Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Dist. Attorney Mike Schmidt Sunday for a press conference.
The chief says they’re preparing for what they can.
“We’ve reached out to partners to try and resource properly for tonight. I’m not sure what we have in the way of intelligence, but it’s possible that what happened last night will play a factor in what happens tonight,” said Chief Lovell.
He says the bureau is reaching out to multiple agencies to make sure resources are available but he did not elaborate on what that looks like.
We have seen posts on social media indicating that people will gather in Southeast Portland this evening, and then march to another location.
Mayor Wheeler decried the violence during Sunday’s conference.
“For those of you saying on Twitter this morning that you plan to come to Portland to seek retribution, I’m calling on you to stay away. You of course have a constitutional right to be here, but we’re asking you to stay away, and work with us to deescalate this situation,” said Mayor Wheeler.