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Man pleads guilty to unlawful use of weapon in shooting of protester on Morrison Bridge

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Shamar Xavier Hunter, jail booking photo Shamar Xavier Hunter, jail booking photo
Shooting scene on Morrison Bridge in November 2016. (KPTV) Shooting scene on Morrison Bridge in November 2016. (KPTV)
Photo of gun seized in investigation of protester shooting on the Morrison Bridge. (Image: Portland Police Bureau) Photo of gun seized in investigation of protester shooting on the Morrison Bridge. (Image: Portland Police Bureau)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A 19-year-old pleaded guilty to an unlawful use of a weapon charge in connection with the shooting of a protester on the Morrison Bridge last November.

The 21-year-old victim was shot in the leg early in the morning of Nov. 11, 2016. Investigators said multiple shots were fired and the suspect vehicle was found by an off-duty officer later near Northeast 102nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.

Four people were initially detained. Shamar Xavier Hunter, then 18 years old, was arrested, along with a 14-year-old boy.

The boy was identified as the suspected shooter. Police said Hunter was the driver.

Detectives described the suspects as “criminal gang associates” and a TEC-9 firearm was found in their car.

They boy’s name was not released as he was not charged with a Measure 11 crime due to his age.

Investigators said the shooting was not believed to be connected to the continuing protests going on in Portland last November following the election of President Donald Trump, but, instead, the suspects "may have been out looking for trouble.”

Hunter also pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon for a separate gang-related shooting that occurred Nov. 1, 2016 in the area of Northeast 115th and Sandy Boulevard. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26.

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