Portland police investigating shooting on Morrison Bridge after night of protests


Portland police are investigating a shooting on the Morrison Bridge after spending much of the night clashing with protesters downtown.

Emergency crews responded to the bridge just before 1 a.m. Saturday.

Police reported that one person was injured in the shooting.

Police investigating shooting on Morrison Bridge. One person down. Everyone needs to leave the area immediately!— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) November 12, 2016

The shooting followed the last lingering group of protesters moving to the Morrison Bridge around 12:45 a.m.

Protesters now westbound on Morrison Bridge.— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) November 12, 2016

Police responded quickly to the scene, arriving in force to the bridge. Officers and emergency responders provided medical aid to the victim, who was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Group still moving near the Morrison Bridge now. Police in riot gear turning into the bridge now. pic.twitter.com/2zP9WzkCTE— Kelsey Watts (@KelseyWattsKPTV) November 12, 2016
Scene now pic.twitter.com/pqKDW8Yaiu— Kelsey Watts (@KelseyWattsKPTV) November 12, 2016

A witness told FOX 12 that he was among the protesters walking on the bridge when a driver confronted the protesters before driving away, then getting out of his vehicle and threatening protesters before firing a gun.

BREAKING: witness tells me driver said "if you don't get off the bridge I'm going to kill you" - then fired 5 shots. Reports of 1-2 ppl hit.— Kelsey Watts (@KelseyWattsKPTV) November 12, 2016
One witness tells me suspect had a rifle, another witness tells me it was a handgun. Either way sounds like shooter is NOT affil w protest— Kelsey Watts (@KelseyWattsKPTV) November 12, 2016
Another witness: it was a man who was shot in the thigh. "It seems the peace ends around 10:00." pic.twitter.com/Y8wwSWijfF— Kelsey Watts (@KelseyWattsKPTV) November 12, 2016

Portland police have sent out a suspect description of the shooter, who they describe as a black male in his late teens, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build. They say he was wearing a black hoodie and saggy blue jeans.

Later Saturday, police said the suspect vehicle had been located and four people were taken into custody.

Possible suspect in shooting is described as African-American male, late teens, 5'8", thin, wearing black dark hoodie and saggy blue jeans.— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) November 12, 2016

The shooting seems to have ended the last of the protests, with leaders telling those still left to go home.

Group leaders telling everyone to call it a night and go home in wake of a shooting on the bridge. pic.twitter.com/kipdshKqp3— Kelsey Watts (@KelseyWattsKPTV) November 12, 2016
Police preventing people from accessing the crime scene. No word on condition of person shot by driver. @fox12oregon pic.twitter.com/QS7QCoGkII— Kelsey Watts (@KelseyWattsKPTV) November 12, 2016

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